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03/07/2013 – Just for Kids! – Family-friendly Events at 9th Annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

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ACEF_logo_color-300x267 Moulton, Alabama – Parents in search of family-friendly things to do in the spring will want to plan a visit to the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 12-14. The annual event offers activities for children and adults to experience together all while celebrating all things poultry, and with daily admission to the festival only $5 per person and children 5 and under admitted free, families can take in all three days without feeling a strain on their wallet.

For the children, the Bank Independent Stage will feature performances by “Riverboat John” Ferguson, Mala Patterson and performers from Moulton Middle School. In between musical acts, children will be treated to hands-on workshops, sponsored by Bonnie Plants, and chicken bingo, sponsored by Roden Surplus Imports.

Riverboat John (www.riverboatjohn.net) entertains crowds of all ages with his old stories and songs from the past. Heralded by the New York Times and numerous other media as a “True American Minstrel and Folk Lore Storyteller,” “Riverboat John” grew up in Alabama, near the Tennessee River, and received his first banjo at age 5. After graduation from Huntsville High School, he migrated to Greenwich Village, New York, to join the Folk Revival Movement, where he bumped elbows with the avante garde, folk, Blues, jazz, pop, gospel and rock performers of the day. He plays his own style of banjo, guitar and other instruments and can belt out a tune at the drop of a hat.

Performing on all three days is Mala Patterson who will bring her energetic, entertaining, and educational program featuring live, acoustic old-time music and dance. She will be showcasing traditional instruments, such as the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, lap dulcimer and frailing banjo, and homemade instruments, such as the spoons and scrub board. Mala, a member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama, is an Alabama Buck Dance champion and will demonstrate clog, buck and flat foot dance. She encourages youngsters to sing, dance, and play rhythm instruments, such as the tambourine, spoons, and bells. Mala has performed at various venues, including Smithsonian affiliate programs, Dollywood, and Silver Dollar city, and events in over twenty states.  She placed in the Top 10 in Quizno’s jingle contest and the Top 5 in Waggin’ Train’s jingle contest, and along with her brother, placed in the Top 25 on the first season of CMT’s Can You Duet.

For children who want to get their hands dirty, Bonnie Plants is donating tomato plant transplants and containers for children to plant a tomato plant and carry home to plant into their garden. The workshop will allow children to experience how to properly plant and grow their own tomatoes.

Families can also play chicken bingo, sponsored by Roden Surplus Imports. As letters and numbers are called, kids wait in anticipation to yell bingo! Games are played ongoing throughout the three-day event with winners receiving great prizes from Roden Surplus Imports.

Additional activities for families to experience together include egg toss competitions, photos with mascots Scramble and Nugget, a chicken clucking contest, Southern Folklife exhibits and demonstrations, and more!

For more information, visit www.AlabamaChickenandEggFestival.com or call 256.905.0700.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned family fun. The ninth annual event is scheduled for April 12-14, 2013 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Daily admission to the festival is $5 per person 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 www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow the event on Facebook, @alabamacef, and www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg.

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Written by 49 County News.Net

March 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Posted in Announcements

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