The Tanner Williams Cotton Festival celebrates the history and significance of cotton in the local community, with a variety of activities and events for all ages.
Events and Activities
This competition challenges participants to see who can harvest a designated amount of cotton from a field in the shortest amount of time. It’s a fun way to experience what it was like for farmers who relied on this crop for their livelihoods. Another popular activity at the festival is watching demonstrations of old-fashioned skills such as blacksmithing or quilting. Visitors can also take part in hands-on workshops where they learn how to make things like soap or baskets. For children, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun while learning about agriculture. They can pet farm animals at the petting zoo or watch sheep shearing demonstrations. There are also games that teach kids about different aspects of farming life such as milking cows or collecting eggs from chickens.
The park features the USS Alabama battleship which served during World War II as well as other military artifacts including aircraft and tanks. If you’re looking for some Southern-style cuisine after a day at the festival, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby. One favorite spot is Wintzell’s Oyster House located just 15 miles away in Mobile. This seafood restaurant has been serving up delicious dishes since 1938, making it one of the oldest establishments in town.