Category: Ag, Farming, and Timber History

Pickin’ and Ginnin’ in Richland Parish and A Short History on the Subject

Back in August of 1991, many Richland Parish residents will remember the excitement and buzz about the first annual “Pickin’ and Ginnin’ Festival.” The festival always drew large crowds, but after a while, the work involved to pull off a successful festival became too great, and the festival eventually ended. Jennie Joe Siscoe, who often wrote several great historical columns for the Beacon, penned this history about growing cotton in Richland Parish.

Winter’s Work – Local Richland Parish Editor Pens ‘Farm Advice’ for Richland Residents During the Christmas Holidays, ca. 1876

There is always plenty of winter work: we never saw a farm so complete that no improvement could be made on it, and there is not one in Richland, that even approaches such perfection, and winter is the time to improve and beautify the farm. Make your farm look like a home; make it attractive to your children, and they will not want to wander off to seek happiness elsewhere; cultivate in them a taste for the beautiful, and they will not be apt to stray from the path of virtue and morality, bat will be not only a help but a comfort and source of happiness to you in your old age.’