1040 Whitley Ave., Corcoran CA 93212   |   Phone: (559) 992-3115

The 56th annual Corcoran Chamber of Commerce Cotton Festival is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 1. There will be a wide variety of activities and events for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be a 5K run and one mile walk event which is sponsored by United Health Centers. Registration is $15 for children ages 13-18 and $20 for persons ages 19 and up. To register stop by the chamber office, located at 1040 Whitley Avenue or visit www.active.com through Sept. 25.
Parade entry forms for the Cost Less Cotton Parade are currently being accepted. Entry forms are due Sept. 23. This year’s festival theme is Stars, Stripes and Cotton. Parade categories will include floats: civic, non-profit, commercial and school; equestrian: single, pairs and groups; bands: high school and elementary and junior high; antique car, comic and novelty, marching and walking group, performing group, decorated motor vehicle, antique farm equipment and other.
Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Whitley Avenue near Richard’s Chevrolet and will continue until it reaches the Recreation Association of Corcoran on Dairy Avenue.
One of the events held during the festival is the popular California Pork Producers Association’s Rib Cook-off.
The amateur cook-off is limited to 10 teams and all entries must be received by Friday, Sept. 23. Currently there are only a few spots left. Teams can have a maximum of three people. All cooking is done at the Recreation Association of Corcoran and contestants are responsible for providing their own cooking equipment and supplies. Each team will be given 10 slabs of pork ribs donated by California pork Producers Association.
Entry fee is $20 per team. Judges choice winners will earn $250 in Corcoran Cash for first place; $150 Corcoran Cash for second place; and $50 Corcoran Cash for third place. Trophies will also be awarded for People’s Choice winners.
There will be Napoles Bakery Torta Challenge. Be the first to eat the 4 ½ pounds of giant torta burger and fries to win a prize. Signups are limited to the first seven contestants. Enter today at the chamber office.
Pre-Sale bingo tickets are available. Bingo will be held in the Kate Boswell Senior Center from 12 p.m. -4 p.m. Pre-Sale tickets are$10 and will include one set of nine games (three games on a sheet) for regular bingo and one soft drink.
There will be a diaper derby for contestants age 12 months and younger and able to crawl. Prizes will be given to the top three crawlers. The race will be held at RAC amphitheater at 12 p.m.
The Corcoran Lion’s Club will host a cornhole tournament. Entry fee is $20 per two-man team. The winning team will earn a cash prize. The tournament is not ACA Regulation. Check-in begins at noon and tournament starts between 1-2 p.m. Contact Tammy Jackson at 362-5871 or Phillip Aurand at 992-5127 for more information. Entry forms are also available at the chamber office.
Other activities include a soccer tournament, Tabata demonstration, ice cream eating contest, cake and cupcake walk, free swim from 3-6 p.m. sponsored by the Corcoran Rotary Club, a carnival, food and craft vendors, Rotary Pancake Breakfast and beer and wine garden.
Live entertainment will be played throughout the day and live music from the band August will headline the street dance. Entertainment is sponsored by Adventist Health.
For more information contact Lisa at the chamber at 992-4514 or stop by the office at 1040 Whitley Avenue.

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