The 5th annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival (AC&EF) is scheduled for April 18-19, 2009, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton. Offering poultry-related food and entertainment, highlights of the AC&EF include a chicken clucking contest, egg toss competition and eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs. The new "Down on the Farm" area will feature a Bluegrass music stage, state of the art farming equipment, antique tractors, demonstrations by quilters, farriers, saddle makers, basket and broom makers, and more. Attendees also have the opportunity to see over 100 chickens representing 25 different varieties with the live bantam chicken display.
Returning for 2009 is the Alabama Farmers Co-op (AFC) Agricultural Photo Contest. Amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs of agricultural interest. Photos must be related to agriculture from any location within Alabama. The competition is divided into four themed categories: Life on the Farm, Livestock, Crops and Agriculture Families.
Jim Allen, AFC’s director of Advertising and Public Relations, stated, "The contest has been a great source for photos we’ve used in ads around the state promoting the country lifestyle the Co-op represents."
Prizes will be awarded for each category with $125 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. In addition, each participant will receive two free tickets to the 2009 Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival. For complete contest rules and entry form, see page 9 or visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on "Contests." There is no entry fee and the deadline for entries is March 23.
Shopping connoisseurs or those simply in search of unique, handmade items should make plans now to attend the Arts and Crafts fair that will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"This year, the Arts and Crafts fair will be held in the new Down on the Farm exhibit area," said Co-Chair Faye Gonzales, "and will feature only handmade crafts and one-of a-kind items."
According to Event Coordinator Vicki Morese, The Simple Life Farm, located in Winston County, will offer handmade goats’ milk soaps, beeswax lip balm, solid lotion made with beeswax and goats’ milk lotion. The Simple Life Farm has been in continuous operation in various forms of agriculture since 1890. Other unique items that will be available for purchase are pottery, handmade teddy bears, jewelry and cane baskets.
Booth space is still available. Each 10’x10’ booth space is $50 for members of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and $75 for nonmembers. There is no additional charge for electricity. The deadline for applications is April 1. For more information, call Faye Gonzales at (256) 565-8316 or Shelia Norwood at (256) 974-0424 or to download an application, visit
www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on "Vendor Application."
The AC&EF announces a new egg crushing contest for this year’s event where contestants will be walking away literally with egg on their face. Sponsored by Dr. Don Beach, Egg Roulette is a contest where two contestants are provided with six eggs where five eggs are hard-boiled and one egg is raw. At the sound of a whistle, each contestant must immediately select an egg and smash it to his forehead. The loser of the game is the first person to have egg on his face. The winner advances in the single bracket tournament for a chance at winning $500 for his designated charity.
"Egg Roulette is a great opportunity for us to have fun with our local elected officials while raising money for local charities," said Dr. Don Beach.
Festival organizers are searching for non-profit organizations to participate. Each organization will provide an elected official to play on their behalf. A registration form is available for downloading at www.AlabamaChickenandEggFestival.com and click on "Contests." The deadline to register is April 1.
"I am honored to be a part of the 2009 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival," added Dr. Beach. "With the proceeds of the Festival now benefiting the newly established Lawrence County Arts Council, the citizens of Lawrence County will be exposed to a broad range of arts and cultural experiences they may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience."
Other activities scheduled for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival include live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites, motorcycle chicken run, Little Chick Beauty Walk, Egg Drop for Future Engineers competition and a "Guitar Hero" competition. Daily admission to the festival, which includes musical entertainment, is only $3 per person and free for those under 5 years old. Festival organizers are also allowing re-entry where attendees may leave and return the same day.
Sponsors already committed for the 2009 festival consist of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, ARAMARK, Wal-Mart, Smith Poultry and Hardware, Marshall Durbin, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Bank Independent, RE/MAX Valley Pros, Regions Bank, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Co-op, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, David Burt Agency, Dr. Don Beach, Arrie’s Bliss, Roosters, NHC Healthcare, Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Education Partners are University of Alabama in Huntsville Engineering Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University Poultry Science Department. Media sponsors include WAAY TV Ch. 31, WALW 98.3, Valley Planet, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff and Southern Family Magazine.
For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com. To request a media kit or for an assortment of poultry-related photography, call (256) 905-0700.