Council reports Cotton Festival was a huge success with estimate of 10,000 people

The Eclectic Town Council unanimously approved a proposal to for a business relations committee at its Monday night meeting.

Justin Pack was chosen at the chairman of the committee.

“The committee will select its own officers and board after meeting once or twice,” Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport said.

The first meeting of the new committee is scheduled at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Eclectic Town Hall. Anyone interested in learning more about the committee is invited to attend.

“This is basically Eclectic’s chamber,” Davenport said. “It is open to all business owners and Eclectic residents. The sole purpose is to provide education and training for business.”

The council reported attendance of the town’s annual Alabama Cotton Festival was estimated between 9,000 to 10,000 people and more than 160 vendors set up shop during the event.

“This was the most successful festival we’ve had in the history of the Cotton Fest,” Davenport said. “We’ve already been contacted by vendors planning for next year.”

According to Davenport, the town’s dunking booth attraction collected $1,099 which will be divided in half and donated to the fire and police departments.

“I think the biggest reason for success this year is we started planning the event earlier,” he said. “We started working on the Cotton Fest in January.”

In other action, the town council:

• Announced the town trunk-or-treat event will be held beginning around 6 p.m. Oct. 31 on Main Street.

• Announced a surplus auction featuring vehicles and a variety of office and department equipment beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 23 in the town hall parking lot.

• Announced details for the town’s Christmas festival scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Davenport expects 40 to 50 vendors will attend. The parade will begin at 2 p.m.