April 2010
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Egg-Citing Activities Lined Up at the 2010 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival!

 

Over 100 live chickens representing 25 different varieties will be on display in cages under a tent at the fairgrounds.

Come strut your stuff at the sixth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival April 10-11, 2010! No eggs-perience required! 

 Each year, children and adults take part in the many egg-citing contests in hopes of receiving one of the great prizes or for simply a good laugh. 

WAAY 31 BBQ Wing Eating Contest: The one with the most bones left on the plate wins the contest, sponsored by John’s Bar-B-Que. Last year’s event produced a tie for first place with 50 wings in five minutes! The contest is scheduled both days of the Festival. Winners on both days receive 31 gift certificates from restaurants in North Alabama! 

   

The Wing Eating Contest is one of the favorites of the Chicken and Egg Festival. Sponsored by John’s Bar-B-Que, it is scheduled for both days of the Festival. There are additional contests for adults and children alike.

 
   

NHC Healthcare Hard-boiled Egg Eating Contest: Sponsored by NHC Healthcare, this contest is open to adults 18 years old and older to see who can eat the most hard-boiled eggs in five minutes. Last year’s winner ate 22 eggs in five minutes. The contest takes place both days. First place winners on both days receive $100 with 2nd place receiving $50!

Other contests include an egg toss, Guitar Hero competition, and the WDRM Chicken Clucking Contest. 

They will feature a special children’s area providing entertainment for the entire family. Sponsored by Bank Independent, the children’s area will offer activities to spark a child’s imagination like "make-and-take" crafts with Home Depot, storytime with local celebrities and high-energy musical performances.

Mrs. Kate: Headlining the Bank Independent Children’s Coop area is "Mrs. Kate" Carpenter, folksinger, songwriter and storyteller from Callahan, Fla. Using catchy tunes, puppetry, unusual instruments and riveting storytelling, her interaction with the audience is creative and unforgettable. In the past 15 years, Mrs. Kate has recorded eight original CDs and a children’s music video. Her newest CD, ‘Passport to Power,’ is scheduled for release this year. For more information on Mrs. Kate, visit www.mrskate.com.

Award-Winning Tubby and Mala to Perform: Tubby and Mala are a brother-sister team who perform an energetic, entertaining and educational program with live, acoustic, old-time music and dance. They showcase traditional instruments, like the upright bass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and frailing banjo, and homemade instruments like the spoons, scrub board and washtub bass. 

 Tubby, an American Indian, is an award-winning buck dancer and flat footer; and Mala is an Alabama Buck Dance champion. They encourage children to sing, dance, play rhythm instruments and join in on the fun.

 

Festival mascots Nugget, left, and Scramble will be on hand for photographs.

 Tubby and Mala won the 2008 group category at Panoply and placed in the Top 25 on the first season of CMT’s CAN YOU DUET. For more information on this energetic duo, visit them on MySpace or YouTube.

Have your photo made with Scramble & Nugget: Children egg-specially love meeting the Festival’s  mascots Scramble and Nugget. They will be available both days for photographs.  Photo sessions are Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 - 1 p.m. and 3 - 4 p.m.

And There’s More! Other activities include a tot lot, face painting, egg art, egg refrigerator magnet and coloring. 

 A variety of craft projects will be available by Home Depot’s Kids Workshop. Put on your orange Home Depot apron and get your free (while supplies last) supply pack for crafts like a birdhouse, sailboat, race car, toolbox, football rack, bank or fire truck.

Three stages will offer a diversity of music to entertain attendees at the sixth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival! The line-up includes local and nationally-renowned artists representing a variety of genres from bluegrass to a combination of blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

High-energy, Southern Rock band Wet Willie will be the headliner performance on the Chicken Stage Saturday night. Over 15 bands will perform during the Festival.

 

Wet Willie featuring Jimmy Hall: Headlining on the Chicken Stage on Saturday is nationally-known Wet Willie featuring Jimmy Hall, a high-energy blues-rock band best known for their 70s hit "Keep on Smilin’."

15+ Bands to Provide Ongoing Live Music: Also scheduled to appear over the two-day event on the Chicken Stage are Mississippi bluesman Kenny Brown, Soul-hound and Lingo while North Alabama’s Hurricane Creek Bluegrass Band and Kudzu String Band are set to perform on the Walmart Bluegrass Stage.

 Additional performers include The Parker Family, Boochie Shepherd, Stanley Adair & Sugar Rush, The Tennessee River Alabama Boys, Brandon McCaghren, Rick Ferrell and Nathan Johnson.

 Following their performance on stage, bands will move to the WALW tent to meet with fans and give autographs. Band items, like CDs, t-shirts and posters will be available for purchase.

Make plans now to attend the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival!  Admission is only $3 per person and children 5 years old and under are admitted free. Visit www.AlabamaChickenandEggFestival.com for announcements on new entertainment as it is booked!