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Farm Fair to be Held at Cotton Hills

The tenth annual Farm Fair at Cotton Hills Farm in Lowrys is Saturday. This all day, family-oriented event begins at 10 a.m. and continues through 4:30 p.m. Festival attendees should plan to arrive no later than 3 p.m. to enjoy all of the day's festivities because ticket sales end at 3:45 p.m., the organizers say.

Activities for the Farm Fair include a pumpkin chunk'n catapult with pumpkins hurled at distances greater than three football fields, live pumpkin carving demonstrations with award-winning pumpkin carver Steve Moss, face painting for the children, a live Country Grass band and a grits grinding demonstration using a 1905 stone grist mill. This event also offers a full tour of the Cotton Hills Farm given during a 40-minute wagon ride. During the month of October, wagons will depart from The Market each Saturday at 10:30, 1:30 and 3:30 for the farm tours. These tours include a visit to see the farm's barnyard animals and the turn of the century barns. This Saturday, festival goers will be allowed to pick their own pumpkins from the Cotton Hills' pumpkin patch and try their luck finding their way through the farm's large corn maze. Food vendors for this year's event are The Summit of Chester, who will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and Dan Huntley's barbecue. Lunch can be enjoyed on the shaded picnic tables located near the farm pond.

Prices for the Farm Fair are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for children one-year-old and younger. Cotton Hills grows 20 acres of pumpkins each year, Pete Wilson said. About 20,000 pumpkins are now available for sale, he said. On a recent workday, Wilson and his crew had picked 3,000 pumpkins in that day alone.

The pumpkins that we grow range in size from three pounds to 30 or 40 pounds,” Wilson said. “We specialize in the three pound pie pumpkins.

The three-pound pumpkin is a favorite for children and is often used as a decorative centerpiece, Wilson said. Cotton Hills Farm also has fresh sweet potatoes just coming into season, he added. In addition to its pumpkins and sweet potatoes, the farm also offers straw, cornstalks, a variety of gourds and chrysanthemums. Inside The Market, open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., are fresh fruits and vegetables and canned jellies, jams, relishes and pickled items.

Cotton Hills Farm, a family-owned business, is operated by Jeff and Carol Wilson; their sons, JEB and Pete and JEB's wife, Jane. This farm has been in operation since 1882. Cotton Hills Farm is located at the intersection of SC Highway 909 and SC Highway 321 N. in Lowrys. For additional details, call 581-4545 or visit the website at http://www.cottonhillsfarm.com