MILES – This year is a “Miles-stone” as the 40th Annual Miles Cotton Festival kicks off Saturday, Sept. 9 in City Park.

MILES – This year is a “Miles-stone” as the 40th Annual Miles Cotton Festival kicks off Saturday, Sept. 9 in City Park.

The fest dubbed "the best little hoedown in Texas" is held on the second Saturday in September each year.

The salsa and dessert contests will be held Friday Sept 8, and entry fees for each contest are $10 for each item entered. Turn in time is 6:45 -7 p.m. at Weatherby Hall and judging follows at 7:30 p.m. with cash prizes awarded in both categories.

The Miles Masonic Lodge will host a pancake breakfast from 6-9 a.m. at Weatherby Hall.

At 9 a.m. Saturday the fest will open at City Park where arts and crafts and food booths will be set up. The annual parade gets underway at 10 a.m. in downtown Miles, and organizers say there will be some surprises in store this year.

The festival cook-off will start at 9 a.m. in the Miles Preservation Authority Park with the categories of brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken, beans and margaritas. Prize money will be awarded in each category except margaritas.

Other activities include a cotton stalk contest, a jackpot goat roping, a children's fair with inflatables, live entertainment, a washer pitching contest, helicopter rides, the Miles Public Library sidewalk book giveaway and the Miles Cotton Queen contest. The Cotton Queen will be crowned at 6:30 p.m.

The Miles Empowerment Association will have a spaghetti meal from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Miles Opera House to raise funds for a city playground and the cost is by donation. The Miles Historic Museum also will be open until 2 p.m. in the Opera House.

A street dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on West First Street with music by Matthew Lopez, followed by The Backroad Troubadours. Attendees can bring lawn chairs. Coolers are allowed but no glass.

For information in the salsa contest, call 325-245-6042; for the dessert contest, call 325-212-4810; for goat roping, call 512-298-9993; for arts and crafts and food booths, call 325-895-0296; for the cook-off, call 325-468-3501 and for general information, call 325-468-3611 or 325-245-7059 or visit milestexas.com.