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Cotton District Arts Festival Returns on Super Bulldog Saturday

posterSuper Bulldog Weekend has arrived, and we are excited that it will again feature the Starkville Area Arts Council’s Cotton District Arts Festival. The annual festival has become one of Starkville’s favorite events and a regional showpiece of quality arts, crafts and music. Held in the nationally renowned Cotton District on Saturday, April 16, CDAF will feature a full schedule of arts activities, the annual Taste of Starkville food village, a 5K run, Pet Parade, three music stages, a children’s village, and a host of artisan vendors.  All vendor booths, villages and musical performances begin at 9:00 a.m. Whether your love of the arts includes international dance and poetry slams or bluegrass and oil paintings, the Cotton District Arts Festival has something for everyone!


We’ve compiled a wealth of information to help you plan your visit to the festival on Saturday. Don’t miss this great opportunity to celebrate the arts in Starkville…





5K Race Registration
Family Fun Run Registration
Old Cotton Mill 5K Race BEGINS
Pet Parade Registration
Gates close to vehicles
Pet Parade
Poetry Slam Sign Up
Merchandise Booths Open
Artisans Village & Taste of Starkville Opens
Bag Pipers Play throughout the Day
Writer's Activities throughout the Day – All Ages
Children's Activities throughout the Day
Stormy Monday
Honeyboy & Boots
Old Cotton Mill 5K Awards
Pet Parade Awards
Juried Art Awards
Family Fun Run
Deez Notez
Cedar Creek Ramblers
Starkville High School Theatre- "Cinderella"
The Girl Skouts
Starkville High School Chorus
Armstrong Middle School Musical – "Hairspray Jr."
MSU Figure Drawing Club Demonstration
Songwriter's Competition Winners
Armstrong Middle School Chorus
The Peddlers
Young Agent Jones
AA of JC Praise Raisers
Starkville Strings School
Big Rhonda's Dream Factory
Starkville High School Jazz Band
The Old Memphis Kings
Flathead Ford
Poetry SLAM!
The Flames
Juried Art Pick Up
Gates Open to Vehicles
7:00 – 7:45
7:00 – 9:45
8:00 – 8:45
9:00 – 9:30
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9:00 – 5:00
9:00 - 9:45
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9:30 - 10:00
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10:00 - 10:45
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10:15 - 10:45
11:00 - 11:45
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11:45 - 12:15
12:00 - 2:00
12:00 - 12:45
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12:30 - 1:00
1:00 - 1:45
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1:15 - 1:45
2:00 - 2:30
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2:45 - 3:15
3:00 - 3:45
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3:30 - 4:00
4:00 - 5:00
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MSU Gate
MSU Gate
MSU Gate
Behind VAC Building
All Gates
University Drive
Writer's Village
Merchandise Booths
Cotton District
Celtic Village
Writer's Village
Children's Village
West Stage
East Stage
East Stage
South Stage
MSU VAC Building
MSU Gate
West Stage
East Stage
South Stage
West Stage
East Stage
South Stage
South Stage
Purple Bldg. Fountain
West Stage
East Stage
South Stage
West Stage
East Stage
South Stage
South Stage
West Stage
East Stage
South Stage
West Stage
East Stage
South Stage
West Stage
East Stage
VAC Building



Eating at the Cotton District Arts Festival is a special treat with local food vendors presenting many special items made on site. This year’s festival will feature 18 different vendors, including some of Starkville’s favorite restaurants…

Miller’s Scoops
Sweet Peppers Deli
Central Station Grill
Bulldog Burgers
The Dawghouse Sports Grill
Morris BBQ
Freedom Church
Two Brothers Smoked Meats
Chill Factory
Dave’s Darkhorse Tavern
Starkvegas Snowballs & Cotton District Candy
BIN 612
The Veranda
Aunt Marti’s Bakery


Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Art & Photography

Kimberly Alrred
Alexander Bostic & Danielle Camp
Jackeline Bergstrom
Mandy Buchanan
Paul Barnes
Carlie Cascio
Lorrie Drennan
Berny Donlin
Harry Day
MaryEsther Elam
Cheri Goggans
Jessica Humphreys
Allison Julien & Joseph Wood
Samuel Lawson Jr.
Robert Lewis
Roy Mobley
Joe MacGown & Joseph MacGown
Ryan Merrill
Frank McGuigan
Jeremy Murdock
Aubrey Pohl & Aiden Pohl
Marlena "Toni" Point
Kelsey Pearce
Warren Rossi
Andre Ray
Caroline Riley
M. Beth Rhodes
Justin Vowell
Britton Vaughn
Savannah White & Faith Spann
Nancy Waggoner
Anna Wessinger & Myles Matt
Traditional Crafts - Woodworking, Fiber, Gourd, Metal, Candles, Soap, & More

Angelo Angelo
Keith Aden
Alex Beckett
Julia Bryant
Channing Baxter-Lewis
Annie Fraley Busby & Lynn Laughlin
Rodney Claxton
Jordan Clark
Nancy Comish
Dam & Kimberly Cummings
Scott Davidson
Jodi Farrell
Jeri Anne Huffstutler
JoAnna & Gery Hrycuna
Lee Margaret Hamilton
Dean Hall
Daniel & Carol Harbin
Caroline Hobbs
Ricky & Linda Johnson
Kyle Jordan & Jimmy Jordan
Wayne & Addye Jackson
Andrew Lewis
Lea Anne Lancaster
Thomas Mason
Jennifer Meredith
Bethany Masters
Francis Martin
Haruhiko Murakami
Amanda Morelock
Ashley McLemore
Glenda and Chester Newcomb
Wendy Pirtle
Barbara Pate
Johnna Phelps
Nathan Pugh
Jesse W. Rushing
Garnett Santangelo & Victoria Pettersen
Jaclyn Simpson
Judi Sullivan
Danny & Bobbie Sitton
Robert Sanders
Kennedy Sahr
Ginger Sparkman
Erin Tonning
Mike & Michelle Thompson
Ed Tropp
Max West
Carla Weaver
Lindsay Wilson & Robin Whitfield
Ronny & Shannon Ward
Teresa Wamble & mary Ann Casey
Clay & Ceramics

Jo Ann Blair
Denise Brown
Robert Long
Mustard Seed
Angel Martin
Michelle Neumann
Bonnie Renfroe & Ada Fulgham
Craig & Tracy Wilson


Jennifer Ashworth & jessica Horton
Carolyn Adams-Price
Colleen Collins
Shelby carpenter
Don & Louise Coulson
Anne Taylor Duease
Marek & Shelagh Dlouhy
Ann Evers
Sylvia Faulkner & Jaime Faulkner
Barbara Hall
Loretta Hettler & Clarice Turner
Janelle & Ronald Holoch
Paisley Hamilton
Mollie Hrpole
Emily Leiter
Rebekah Little
Barbara McCullough
Carrie & Becky McCall
Kim Obman & Kim Yates
Natalie Parrott & Hannah Suit
Kelly Quick
Steve Strawbridge
Mark Soderquist
Glenda Taylor
Pat Vaughan
Carlos Vega
Lindsay Wilkes & Natalie Freidenberger
Randy Walker
Lori Williams