Presidential Pathways / Gay

Cotton Pickin' Fair

Dates : 10/6/18 - 10/7/18
Cotton Pickin' Fairgrounds
18830 Hwy 85
Gay, GA 30218

  • Blue Grass music on the Cotton Scale Stage

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  • Chain saw sculpting

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  • Split White Oak Basket Making

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  • Music at the Main Stage

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  • The Seed House

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  • Kiwanis Club Black-eyed peas and cornbread

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  • The 1911 Store is the southern anchor of The Cotton Pickin' Fair

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  • Main Gate at the Cotton Pickin' Fair

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  • Homemade biscuits and sausage

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  • The Puppet Theater at The Cotton Pickin' Fair

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  • The grounds at the Cotton Pickin' Fair

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  • Swings and chairs made on site

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  • Families love to visit

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  • Grass covered grounds

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The Cotton Pickin' Fair is a unique festival created by the Gay Family and held continuously since 1972 on the Gay Family Farmstead in Gay, GA and held on the first weekend in May and October. Over 350 artisans from across the United States are nestled in and around interesting farm buildings dating from 1891, providing an exciting range of art, antique, and craft exhibits. Patrons enjoy fine art, pottery, weaving, basket making, blacksmithing, sculpture, wood working, folk art, jewelry, furniture, and gourmet food.  Musicians, puppeteers, folk dancers, and magicians entertain on a variety of rustic stages, at a tree-lined farmstead reminiscent of rural life a few generations ago.  A grand variety of delicious southern food prepared on site benefits local nonprofit organizations and charities. Bring your appetite and join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Cotton Pickin' Fair. Festival guests also enjoy a complimentary shuttle from the Fair to our Historic circa 1840 Red Oak Covered Bridge built by renowned engineer Horace King.

Visit the Cotton Pickin' Fair on the first weekend in May and October from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday for a unique family outing and historic farm country experience. For a festival preview or directions visit or

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Active Military $7

    Adults (13-64) $8

    Children ( 7-12) $5

    Children 6 and Under Free

    Seniors (65+) $7

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Parking on Site

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


    Antique, Craft & Hobby


    Fairs & Festivals

    Family Friendly

    Farmers Markets & Agritourism

    Music & Concerts