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Gaston County Parks & Rec Cancels Annual Cotton Ginning Days Festival Due to COVID-19

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department announced today it is canceling the popular Cotton Ginning Days Festival this fall due to the continued impacts of COVID-19.

The three-day festival in recent years has drawn more than 30,000 attendees to enjoy antique tractors, a still-functioning cotton gin from 1900, craft and food vendors, plus live music and much more.

County staff had worked for months on trying to come up with alternatives for how to safely host the event, but given the continued high number of COVID-19 cases in both Gaston County and the state, leaders determined it was in the best interest of everyone involved to wait until 2021.

“This was a really hard decision,” said Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Hart. “We know how much the community loves this event and we’re heartbroken to have to cancel it for this year. But we know next year’s event is going to come back even bigger and better than ever and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2021.”