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03/23/2011 Introducing New Southern Folklife Artists for 2011 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

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Moulton, Alabama – From chickens and pigs to quilting and wood carvings, the “Down on the Farm” area at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival introduces festival goers to farm life and a diversity of folk skills dating back to the pioneer days. The kid-friendly area comes complete with a Bluegrass music stage with live music running during the two-day event, antique tractors, a variety of live demonstrations, and much more.

This year’s Down on the Farm area will feature Larry Burns from Warrior, Ala. Burns is noted for his carefully and tedious creation of life-size animals using a chain saw. Some of his more notable pieces include a man-sized bear in a standing position, a mountain lion, a wolf, and an eagle with a six-foot wingspan carved from cottonwood. Visitors can see how Burns can turn an ordinary piece of wood into a full-size animal in just a matter of minutes. Three demonstrations will take place both days of the festival.

From Jasper, Ala., Mike Bagwell of the Back Country Horsemen of America will be sharing the importance of protecting our land and forests, and will be demonstrating an antique corn sheller and old implements used for forestry and logging work.

A variety of farm animals including chickens, goats, and pigs will be on display. Jimmy Parker of Vinemont will be bringing his pigs and sharing tips for pig farming and raising pigs as a source for food.

“This year’s Southern Folklife Artists will help illustrate the many folk traditions from yesteryear,” said Vicki Morese, event coordinator for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. “It is important for us to introduce our children to how our ancestors once lived and survived without the use of today’s technology.” Additional folklife artists lined up for this year’s event include demonstrations by a farrier, blacksmith, potter, quilter, chair weaver, and a stain glass artist.

The “Down on the Farm” area also features tractors ranging from antiques to today’s state of the art farming equipment. Members of the Lawrence County Classic Tractor and Engine Club will have approximately thirty antique tractors on display and will be available to share stories and discuss the importance of farming and preservation of farming equipment. In addition, the Club is providing peddle tractors for children to ride and is sponsoring a Peddle Tractor Pull on both days of the festival.

For more information, visit http://www.AlabamaChickenandEggFestival.com or contact Event Coordinator Vicki Morese at 256.905.0700.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

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, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are free.

Sponsors committed for the 2011 festival consist of 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 Co-op, 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 Tourism Department, 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.

For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter.com/alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg. To request a media kit or poultry-related photography, call 256.905.0700.

Written by 49 County News.Net

March 23, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Posted in Current Events, News

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