King Cotton Horse Show set

EDISON, Ga. -- Things are ramping up for the Billy Lane King Cotton Charity Horse Show taking place in Edison on Saturday.

This year marks the 46th running of the event, which is being sponsored by the Edison Lions Club. It is set to start at 3 p.m. on the Lions Club Horse Show Grounds at 170 Redding St., coordinators of the event say.

Reeves Lane, mayor of Edison and one of the coordinators of the event, said 179 horses were registered in last year’s event, and organizers are shooting for more this year.

Horses in about 45 classes are expected to participate. The show will break briefly at 6 p.m., and the event will pick back up and should last until 10-10:30 p.m., Lane said.

More than $10,000 in prizes will be up for grabs in the King Cotton Show. The day’s festivities will kick off with a parade — complete with arts, crafts and vendors — starting at 10 a.m. through downtown Edison. Concession stands serving food items such as hotdogs and hamburgers will be available.

“(The event) will flow the same as it has in years past,” Lane said.

Lane, whose father is the show’s namesake, said people from all over Georgia as well as Florida, Tennessee and Alabama are expected to be in attendance.

“It keeps getting larger and larger every year,” he said.

Proceeds from the event will go back into the Lions Club, which use the funds to serve the community, Lane said. The cost for admission is $5, and box seats are available for $35.

The World Grand Champion Racking Horse, Papa’s Final Choice, is expected to be on exhibition, Lane added.

“That will be something different people will get to see,” he said. “... We hope people will come out. It is always a good day; it brings a lot of people to town.”

Breakfast is expected to be served the next morning. For more information, contact Lane at (229) 835-2212.