Delta Cotton Pickin' Jubilee is Saturday
The third annual Delta Cotton Pickin' Jubilee will be held Saturday at Cypress Park in Marked Tree.
The jubilee is a spin off of the Marked Tree celebration that began in 1976 with the Bicentennial celebration held during the fourth of July weekend. The celebration helped to cultivate the annual event.
The "Great Canoe Race" was incorporated as a part of the festivities. The events began with historical displays, arts and crafts, merchants staying open late, the canoe race, antique car and airplane club show, all factories holding an open house, parade, drawings and a horse show to top off Saturday evenings events.
For more than 15 years the event grew. Activities began on Thursday or Friday and ran through to Sunday.
Over the years, being held on the Fourth of July weekend and the weather becoming increasingly hotter, many of the local residents began to travel out of town, to the lake or to visit family and friends in other towns.
During the preparation in 1998, the decision was made to hold the celebration in the fall and to name it the Cotton Pickin' Jubilee then they needed a design to commemorate the celebration.
A design contest was conducted with Amy Organ, submitting the winning design that is still used today.
Today, the Jubilee will have lots of activities, a carnival conducted by All American Amusements will kick off the activities on Friday at 6 p.m. with armband night. On Saturday the events starts at 8 a.m. with the horseshoe tournament signup and Pow wow at 9 a.m.
There will also be arts and crafts food booths, Arkansas Game and Fish aquarium, other events include Lions Club cake walk, antique car, truck, and motorcycle show, pony rides, barbeque cook off, music by local artist and cash drawing.