Go down to your local coffee shop today and ask your buddies how many of them have picked cotton by hand. My guess is that you might find one old timer who had that experience as a kid.
Ask that same question in any grade school within 70 miles of Augusta, Ark., and hundreds of little hands would shoot up. Machines replaced people in the cotton fields of Arkansas many years ago, but the unique experience of picking cotton by hand is still possible every fall at Dallas and Katherine Peebles' farm outside Augusta.
Peebles Farm has been open to the public every fall from the last weekend in September to the last weekend of October since 2004. The Peebles family offers the usual fall harvest activities with a corn maze, hay bale maze, u-pick pumpkins, and hayrides. Unique to their agritourism venture is a 3-acre cotton patch.