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03/07/2013 – CHICKEN & EGG FESTIVAL – DEADLINE FOR ROOSTER CALL ENTRIES IS MARCH 13th, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Vicki Morese, Event Coordinator
Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
PHONE: 256.905.0700
EMAIL: vicki@alabamachickenandeggfestival.com

Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Seeks Entries for Juried Rooster Art Show

Moulton, Alabama – The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival calls all artists to submit pieces for a juried art exhibition on the theme of roosters. Sponsored by Dr. Don Beach and hosted by the Lawrence County Arts Council, “Rooster Call” is held in conjunction with the ninth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 12-14, 2013 in Moulton. Entry deadline is March 13.

The jury panel will select one Best of Show artist, a second place, and a third place. The Best of Show recipient wins a $500 cash prize, a listing in the Rooster Hall of Fame, and the opportunity for the work to be featured in future promotions. Second place and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively. The winning submission will be determined by creative vision, innovation, potential to engage an audience, and overall impression. All artistic mediums will be accepted, and along with roosters, artwork on the theme of hens, chicks and eggs are encouraged.

All artwork accepted will be on exhibit for public viewing at Art Inspirations of the Valley located at 552 Lawrence Street in Moulton from April 16 to June 30, 2013, after being presented at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival on April 12-14, 2013.

The exhibition is open to all emerging and established artists 18 years of age or older residing in the United States. All entries shall be original work produced by the artist within the past two years and may be marketed for sale at prices determined by the artist. The Lawrence County Arts Council will retain a 30% commission fee on any sale of art from the exhibition.

The jurors are Belinda McCullough Elliot and Elliot Knight. Elliot graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in interior design. She has worked in sales and design and as a business owner for seven years, all while having a lifelong passion for art and painting. Her mother is an artist, and while their styles are very different, she is Elliot’s inspiration and driving force to paint. Elliot’s work features plenty of texture, depth, and layers where each stroke has a purpose to draw the viewer inside the painting. She paints in her home studio in Moulton, Alabama.

Knight is the Visual Arts Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts. An Opelika native, he is an accomplished photographer, community arts leader, respected scholar and instructor, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama with BA and MA degrees with concentrated areas of study in the arts. He is the founder and co-director of the nationally recognized Black Belt 100 Lenses Program, a community-based arts program that works with high school students in twelve Alabama Black Belt counties. Previous employments and professional activities include an instructor in the University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History, a guest scholar and lecturer for the Alabama Humanities Foundation, an advisory board member for the Beauty Amid Destruction Project and Alabama Art Kitchen, and a Fellow with the Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program.

Entry fee for up to two submissions is $25 and each additional entry is $5. The deadline for entries is March 13, 2013 and those selected will be notified beginning March 15. Shipped artwork is due April 1 and hand-delivered art is due April 5.

Artists interested in entering can visit http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Juried Rooster Art Show” in the Contests section for a prospectus and an entry form, or call 256.905.0700.

Artists renting vendor space are ineligible for the juried exhibition and will have an opportunity to win prizes and recognition through an open arts and crafts competition. Arts and crafts vendors interested in exhibiting can go to http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Vendors” for more information and to download an application.

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 ninth annual event is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located at 1690A Beltline Road in Decatur, Ala., and at 2504 East Avalon Avenue, Suite A in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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 a Down on the Farm area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant, a preliminary to the Little Miss Alabama pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2013 festival consist of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Commission, Lawrence County Board of Education, Stovall Marks Insurance, Logan Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Marshall Durbin, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Billy Mitchell Jewelry, Bank Independent, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Golden Flake, Cackle Hatchery, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Co-op, Huntsville Hospital, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, Dr. Don Beach, NHC Healthcare, Lawrence County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Regions Bank, Jamie Hood Jewelers, John’s Bar-B-Que, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, Manna Pro, Tractor Supply, Pointer’s Lawn and Tree Care, Alexander Lumber, Lockheed Martin, Roden Surplus Imports, 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, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff, WQAH 105.7, and 103.1 WEUP.

For more information, visit http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow the event on Facebook, @alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg.

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Written by 49 County News.Net

March 7, 2013 at 9:42 AM

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