The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The seventh annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is scheduled for April 9-10, 2011, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are free.
Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and the "Down on the Farm" area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors and Southern folk life artists like quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith, and basket and broom makers.
Other activities include the new juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, Carnegie Arts Trail Strut and Crow, Egg Roulette, live chickens in a variety of sizes and colors, Motorcycle Chicken Run and Egg Drop for Future Engineers competition.
Preceding the Festival on Saturday, April 2, 2011, the annual Little Chick Pageant will takes place in the Lawrence County High School auditorium beginning at 10 a.m.
The pageant is open to girls 18 years old and younger with age divisions set at 0-12 months, 13-23 months, 24-35 months, 3-4 years, 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-13 years and 14-18 years old. The winner in each division receives a crown with all applicants receiving a trophy and two free tickets to the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival.
First, second, and third place winners are also invited for a special introduction on the Logan Pharmacy Stage with Nugget and Scramble on Sunday, April 10th. Other winners to be selected are Most Photogenic, Best Smile and Most Beautiful.
The entry deadline is March 25 by 5 p.m. and may be mailed to ACEF, PO Box 66, Moulton, AL 35650, or dropped off at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce located at 12467 Alabama Highway 157 in Moulton or at Hair Connection located at 12521 Alabama Highway 157 Suite C in Moulton.
Middle school and high school students are invited to enter the Egg Drop for Future Engineers Competition on April 9.
The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is seeking entries for its "Egg Drop for Future Engineers" competition where a cash prize of $500 is on the line. Registration deadline is March 11.
The competition tests students’ skills in building the best contraption to catch a falling egg without it breaking. Teams will be given 30-minutes to construct a device with materials supplied on-site cushioning the egg. The egg must survive drops from four selected heights, each higher than the previous one.
Lewis Innovative Technologies is partnering with the UA-Huntsville College of Engineering in sponsoring the contest.
Country rock band Confederate Railroad is slated to headline this year’s Festival on the Logan Pharmacy Stage on Saturday.
Founded in 1984 in Marietta, GA, Confederate Railroad has released six albums with more than 20 singles earning a spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Hits include "Queen of Memphis," "Trashy Women," "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" and "She Took It Like a Man."
Also scheduled to appear over the two-day event on the Logan Pharmacy Stage are Webb Wilder, Delta Moon, Maxwell Russell and the Shake Down Kings, Slow Motion Centerfold, Davin McCoy & The Coming Attractions, Danger-muffin, D.B. Rielly, Po’ Henry & Tookie, and popular local group Southern Comfort. A native of Hattiesburg, Webb Wilder was recently inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group, Lacey Snider & The Turkey Creek Ramblers, Moron Brothers, The Cadillacs Band, and Piney Creek will perform on the Wal-Mart Bluegrass Stage.
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.
Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion, and The Poultry Palace, a traveling trained chicken eggzibit, are the featured presentations in the Bank Independent Children’s Area. The children’s area offers activities to spark a child’s imagination like "make and take" crafts, a messy egg toss contest, story time with local celebrities and much more!
Sponsors committed for the 2011 Festival are Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Commission, Lawrence County Board of Education, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Logan Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Marshall Durbin, Alabama State Council on the Arts, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Bank Independent, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, Dr. Don Beach, Lewis Innovative Technologies, NHC Healthcare, Lawrence County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, West Lawrence Water Co-op, Patrick Johnson Agency, 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 31 TV, WALW 98.3, Valley Planet, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff, WQAH 105.7 and Southern Family.
Mark your calendar and come with your lawn chair and appetite to enjoy the sounds at North Alabama’s favorite family event! We hope to see you there!
For the latest updates, information and registration forms, visit the Festival’s website at www. alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter.com/alabamacef and www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg. To request a media kit or poultry-related photography, call (256) 905-0700.