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11/05/2013 – SAD NEWS – Lawrence County’s Signature Spring Event Comes to an End

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

Lawrence County’s Signature Spring Event Comes to an End

Moulton, Alabama (November 4, 2013) – The Board of Directors of the Lawrence County Arts Council announces the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival (ACEF) has come to an end after a nine year run. The idea of the festival hatched under Event Chairwoman Kathy Graham in 2004 when she was the president of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and Vicki Morese was the Executive Director of the Chamber. The first festival in 2005 attracted approximately 12,000 people and quickly became a much-loved tradition for many with nearly 20,000 in attendance at the 2013 event. “It has become increasingly difficult to coordinate and plan the event to a professional level expected from our patrons. We have outgrown our volunteer, logistic and financial resources,” stated Morese.

In nine years, the ACEF has evolved as one of the top events in the southeastern United States. The Southeast Tourism Society named it a Top 20 Events for April 2013. Founded in 1983, the Southeast Tourism Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism to its 12 member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In 2011, the Alabama Tourism Department named the festival as one of 50 must-see music festivals, and in 2012, it caught the attention of state tourism leaders again and was named one of 25 top food events. The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association named ACEF Event Coordinator Vicki Morese Tourism Professional of the Year in 2007 and she received the Citizen of the Year award in 2011 from the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

“We are happy in what we have accomplished in just nine short years. From seeing families spend quality time together to introducing arts to the students of Lawrence County, the ACEF has had a positive impact on the Moulton community,” said Morese. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you to the volunteers, sponsors, and the community for supporting the festival over the past nine years.”

Proceeds from the ACEF benefit the Lawrence County Arts Council (LCAC), an organization dedicated to providing the communities of Lawrence County with a broad range of visual, literary, and performing arts and cultural experiences.

Since inception of the festival, the LCAC has conducted in-school art education programs in Lawrence County schools by bringing musicians, theater, and art programs to students at no cost to educators or students in the week leading up to the ACEF. Festival organizers have also arranged for Master classes in blues guitar and music for students and have provided workshops on puppetry and their use in lesson plans to teachers. Past programs include a music education assembly by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a young African-American string band who has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered;” “Riverboat John” Ferguson, a “True American Minstrel and Folk Lore Storyteller;” Wood and Strings Puppet Theatre, a professional, national touring company featuring extraordinary use of puppetry styles from around the world; “Mrs. Kate” Carpenter, folksinger, songwriter, and storyteller from Callahan, Florida; and Pied Piper of Percussion Steve Gryb of Miami, Florida. Each of these entertainers also performed during the ACEF for the entire community to enjoy.

In August, the LCAC presented $20,000 to the Lawrence County School System for the creation of an after-school fine arts program for high school students in Lawrence County beginning with the 2013-14 school year. The Lawrence Extended Arts Program, or LEAP, launched in August offering guitar, drama, and graphic design classes. According to Morese, the Lawrence County Arts Council will continue to function and will continue to raise money and write grants for art programs in Lawrence County schools. “We will continue to partner with Superintendent Grimes in the LEAP program and coordination of the Agricultural Career Day and assist in funding the program as long as we have the resources,” stated Morese.

For more information on the ACEF or the Lawrence County Arts Council, contact Morese at 256.905.0700.

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November 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

03/14/2013 – Motorcyclists Invited to VIP Bike Night at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

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

Motorcyclists Invited to VIP Bike Night at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

Moulton, Alabama – In 2012, the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival expanded to three days adding a special VIP night for motorcycle enthusiasts. Set for April 12, the Friday Night Bike Night returns in 2013 bringing with it an evening of live music, plenty of good food, and VIP bike parking.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and special, secured VIP parking is available to all motorcycle riders at the entrance to the A. W. Todd Coliseum located at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton. A bike parade is planned and riders are encouraged to meet in the Walmart parking lot at the intersection of Alabama Highway 157 and Alabama Highway 24 at 5:30 p.m. and follow a police escort to the festival.

Friday’s headliner on the Logan Pharmacy Stage is legendary Muscle Shoals group Shenandoah with a guest appearance by Marty Raybon (www.shenandoahband.com). Shenandoah was founded in Muscle Shoals in 1984 and has released nine albums, with several certified gold. The band’s sound is defined by country, bluegrass and gospel influences and it’s been said they forged its reputation on a soulful gospel-and-bluegrass, with lead singer Marty Raybon’s searing sincerity making even the most trivial song about small-town Southern values memorable. Also slated to perform prior to Shenandoah are The Goat Hill String Band (www.goathillstringband.com) and Muddy Walker’s Band.

Along with great music, judging begins for the sanctioned poultry show where fancy fowls will be competing for a Grand Champion title. In between musical acts, festival goers can browse through aisles of hundreds of exotic chickens and talk with poultry enthusiasts to learn more about show birds.

Along with the Friday Night Bike Night, motorcyclists are also invited to take part in the Motorcycle Poker Run set for the following day, Saturday, April 13th. Anyone registering for the Motorcycle Chicken Poker Run on Friday evening receives two wristbands for free admission to the festival for the entire weekend.

Sponsored by WTAK and the Burch Agency, the Motorcycle Chicken Poker Run offers a scenic ride through North Alabama and a chance to win $100. This year’s ride is set for 10 a.m., April 13, beginning at Rocket Harley Davidson (15100 Highway 20 West in Madison) with stops at the Courtland Heritage Museum (252 College Street in Courtland), Shelton’s Jif E Mart (16798 Market Street in Moulton), Billy Mitchell Jewelry (1 County Road 101 in Moulton), and ending at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. All riders must be at the Festival by 2:30 p.m. with winners to be announced at 3:15 p.m. The winning hand will receive $100, with $50 for the 2nd best hand and $100 for the worst hand. Local merchants will also offer a variety of door prizes.

Cost for the Poker Run is $20 per person (which includes two wristbands for free admission for all three festival days). On-site registration will also be available at Rocket Harley Davidson the day of the ride beginning at 9 a.m. at $20 per person. The first 100 riders to pre-register will receive a free t-shirt. To download a registration form or for more information visit http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Contests”. Proceeds benefit the Lawrence County Arts Council.

Festival goers on Friday night will receive free admission with the donation of two or more cans of chicken soup. Sponsored by Lawrence Medical Center and Huntsville Hospital, the food drive will benefit the Good Samaritan, a food pantry serving the citizens of Lawrence County.

For more information on the Motorcycle Poker Run and Friday Night Bike Night, contact Coordinator Johnny Turner at johnny@alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or for more information on other festival activities, call 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 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 http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow the event on Facebook, @alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg.

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March 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

03/06/2013 – EGG DROP COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS

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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

Lockheed Martin and UAHuntsville to Sponsor Egg Drop Competition
Middle school and high school students compete for a $500 cash prize.

Moulton, Alabama – 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. Lockheed Martin is partnering with the UAHuntsville College of Engineering in sponsoring the contest scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2013 during the ninth annual event.

The competition tests students’ skills in building the best contraption to catch a falling egg without it breaking allowing them to experience hands-on engineering challenges through a team approach. The contest is open to both middle and high school students and the winning teams in both divisions receive $500. Teams will be given 30 minutes to construct a device with materials supplied on-site that will cushion the egg. The egg must survive drops from four selected heights, each higher than the previous one.

An application is available for downloading at http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com. Registration is free but those wishing to participant must pre-register by March 31, 2013.

For more information, call Lisa Steele at 256.566.6500 or the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival office 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 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 UAHuntsville 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. Photos available upon request.

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March 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

08/20/2012 DANA LEE JENNINGS NAMED ALABAMA’S TOURISM EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

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Dana Lee Jennings
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Decatur, Ala. – The Alabama Tourism Department has honored Mrs. Dana Lee Jennings with its 2012 Tourism Executive of the Year Award. The award is among 14 for 2012 which will be presented Tuesday, August 21, 2012, during the Alabama Governor’s Conference at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Ala.

Criteria for the award include outstanding performance, outstanding economic impact statistics, quality and effectiveness of marketing efforts, additions and/or improvements designed to increase appeal to tourists, increased attendance and the enhancement of local, regional or state image as a tourist destination.

Jennings retired as president/CEO of the EarlyWorks Museum Complex located in Huntsville in August, 2003, after serving in that position for 22 years. Only five weeks into retirement, the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association asked her to assume the role of interim director and one year later she became the president/CEO. She has worked on economic development/tourism related projects for the past 35 years. Her vast experience led former Congressman Bud Cramer to appoint Jennings to the first White House Conference on Tourism and Travel. She is a past board member of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) and currently serves on the STS Board of Trustees. She currently serves in an ex-officio capacity to the Legislative Tennessee Valley Caucus and has served on the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board, the Alabama Travel Council, the Southern Policy Council, the Alabama Economic Development Partnership, the Alabama Museums Association, U.S. Travel Association, Southeast Outdoor Press Association, and is a former member of the Tourism Council for the Washington-based Appalachian Regional Commission.

Under her leadership, the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association launched the Hallelujah Trail, the Alabama Bass Trail, and the North Alabama Wine Trail, implemented a scholarship program for members of the Association, created the Tornado Relief Support project among many other projects, and has been presented with two state awards, two Southeast Tourism Society awards, and was inducted into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame in 2002.

For more information on the Alabama Tourism Department and its award program, visit www.alabama.travel.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at www.NorthAlabama.org.

04/15/2012 49 County News Interview with Jake Landers at Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival 2012

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04/15/2012 49 County News Interview with Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters at Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival 2012

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03/28/2012 Backyard Poultry Expert Joins Southern Folklife Artists to Educate and Entertain at Eighth Annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

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Moulton, Alabama – Back by popular demand, approximately 15 Southern Folklife Artists will take part in the eighth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival on April 13, 14, and 15, 2012 introducing children and adults to farm life and a diversity of folk skills dating back to the pioneer days. Along with offering specialty items for sale, artists will be demonstrating their time-honored crafts, and joining them at this year’s event will be nationally known backyard poultry expert, the Chicken Whisperer, and additional entertainment appealing to adults and children.  

Sponsored by Regions Bank, the Down on the Farm area features tractors ranging from antiques to today’s state of the art farming equipment, a bluegrass music stage, live demonstrations, a variety of farm animals for petting, and gentlemen farmers’ displays in addition to the live demonstrations by Southern Folklife Artists. Festival goers can learn about the art of quilling, how soap is made, see an ordinary piece of wood be transformed into a full-size animal in a matter of minutes, and there will be demonstrations by quilters, a farrier, a blacksmith, saddle maker, a stained glass artist. The Southern Folklife Artists and Gentlemen Farmers’ Displays are sponsored by Stovall-Marks Insurance. For a complete schedule of demonstrations and times, visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on Exhibits.  

For those festival goers who want to learn all about chickens stop by the Chicken Whisperer’s booth sponsored by Manna Pro and Tractor Supply in the Down on the Farm area. Andy Schneider, aka Chicken Whisperer, has become known as the go-to guy across the United States for anything chickens and living a self-sustaining lifestyle. His radio show “Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer” will broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday during the festival and he will conduct four 30-minute sessions, tailored especially for adults, on how to get started with a backyard coop. For more information, visit www.chickenwhisperer.net

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.

In the children’s area, sponsored by Bank Independent, children will be entertained with performances by Wood & Strings Theatre (www.woodandstrings.net), a professional, national touring company that produces and performs traditional folktales from around the world with classic forms of puppetry. Wood & Strings Theatre will present their newest production, Baby’s First Birthday, a study in the dance of a toddler from crawl to first step and his first escapade into the world of fantasy. The 20-minute performance with two giant characters amazes people of all ages with the perfection of scale achieved through mask and puppet. The cast is made up of highly trained artists that transform the stage with artistic scenic elements, mask and puppetry, bringing exquisite visual art to a concert of sights and movement. Performances times are at 6:30 p.m. April 13th; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. April 14th; and 2:30 p.m. April 15th.

For more information, visit 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 eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13, 14, & 15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Daily admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located 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 the “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 a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2012 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, 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, 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, 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, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.

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March 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

03/14/2012 ACEF Hatches New Contest to Add to the Egg-citement – $10,000 in diamonds up for grabs

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Moulton, Alabama – Each year, attendees to the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival take part in the many egg-citing contests in hopes of winning one of the great prizes or for simply a good laugh, but festival goers to this year’s event won’t be laughing at its newest contest – the Golden Nugget Contest. Along with seven other chicken- and egg-themed contests and games, festival organizers are hatching a new contest where one lucky contestant has a chance to win a little sparkle in their life – $10K in diamonds.

Sponsored by Billy Mitchell Jewelry in Moulton, the Golden Nugget Contest joins the festivities in 2012. To participate, visit the Billy Mitchell Jewelry booth at the Festival Friday, Saturday or Sunday and enter your best guess for the number of dried corn nuggets in a container. The person who guesses the closest without going over the number of corn nuggets will appear front and center on the Logan Pharmacy Stage on Sunday to pick one envelope from 50 envelopes. If the correct envelope is picked, the winner receives $10,000 in diamonds.

The one with the most bones left on the plate wins the WAAY 31 BBQ Chicken Wing Eating Contest, sponsored by John’s Bar-B-Que. The 2011 winner chowed away 40 wings in five minutes. The WAAY 31 BBQ chicken wing eating contest is scheduled for all three days of the festival and participants must be 18 years and older. Registration is $5 per person and those interested can register at the festival one hour prior to the event. Winners on all three days receive a Chord Buddy, a guitar learning device.

The Hard-Boiled Egg Eating Contest, sponsored by NHC Healthcare and 103FM WEUP, is open to adults 18 years old and older to see who can eat the most hard-boiled eggs. The 2011 winner ate 25 eggs in five minutes. The hard-boiled egg eating contest takes place all three days and those interested can register at the festival. Winners on each day receive $75 for first place and $25 for second place. 

The WTAK/Burch Agency Chicken Poker Run offers a scenic ride through Lawrence County and a chance to win $100. The ride begins at Rocket Harley-Davidson/Buell (15100 Highway 20 West in Madison) with stops at the Courtland Heritage Museum (252 College Street in Courtland), Shelton’s Jif E Mart (16798 Market Street in Moulton), Billy Mitchell Jewelry (1 County Road 101 in Moulton), and ends at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. Each location is a stop for participants to draw a card. The winning hand receives $100, with $50 for the 2nd best hand and $100 for the worst hand. On-site registration is available at Foster Harley-Davidson the day of the ride at $20 per person. The first 100 to register are guaranteed a free t-shirt. To download a registration form, visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Contests”.  

Egg Roulette is a contest where contestants literally walk away with egg on their face. Two contestants are provided with six eggs of which five are hard-boiled and one is raw. At the sound of a whistle, each contestant must immediately select an egg and smash it to his forehead. The loser of the game is the first person to have egg on his face. The winner advances in the single bracket tournament for a chance at winning $500 for his designated charity. Festival organizers are searching for non-profit organizations to participate. Each organization is to provide an elected official or local celebrity to play on their behalf. The Egg Roulette contest is scheduled for Sunday, April 15th beginning at 2 p.m. A registration form is available for downloading at www.AlabamaChickenandEggFestival.com and click on “Contests”.  The deadline to register is April 1.

Attendees eight years and older can try their hand in tossing an egg from increased distances to see which team can toss a raw egg the farthest and catch it without breaking. The Egg Toss contest is free and registration is at the festival. Multiple competition times are held on Saturday and Sunday.

Think you have the best chicken clucking skills?  Then enter WDRM’s Chicken Clucking Contest. Listeners of WDRM call in to the radio station in the week leading up to the Festival to qualify for the contest to be held Saturday, April 14th. Those qualifying will strut their stuff on the Logan Pharmacy Stage where the festival’s audience chooses the best clucker and takes home the $100 prize.

From now until April 6th, adventure seeking enthusiasts can participate in a 21st century treasure hunt with the Geocache game held in conjunction with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. Participants determine the locations of the hidden caches from the provided GPS coordinates and visit the location to receive the answers to the questions. Completed entry forms are entered into a drawing at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival and the winner receives a chicken basket full of festival souvenirs. The geocaching form with the GPS coordinates and questions may be downloaded from the “Contests” section of www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com. The deadline for completed entry forms is 4 p.m., April 6th and may be dropped off at or mailed to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, 12467 Alabama Highway 157, Moulton, Alabama 35650. 

For registration information and complete rules on each contest, visit www.AlabamaChickenandEggFestival.com and click on “Contests” 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 fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Daily admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located 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 the “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 a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2012 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, 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, 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, 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, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.

For the latest updates, 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.

Written by 49 County News.Net

March 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM

03/06/2012 Motorcyclists Invited to Friday VIP Bike Night at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

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Moulton, Alabama – Celebrating its eighth year in 2012, the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival expands to three days offering a special VIP night for motorcycle enthusiasts. Along with the Friday Night Bike Night, motorcyclists are also invited to take part in the Motorcycle Poker Run set for the following day, Saturday, April 14th.

Set for April 13th, the new Friday Night Bike Night offers an evening of live music featuring Voodoo Bayou, a variety of good eats, and VIP bike parking. In addition, judging begins for the new sanctioned poultry show where fancy fowls will be competing for a Grand Champion title.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and special, secured VIP parking is available to all motorcycle riders at the entrance to the A. W. Todd Coliseum located at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton. Anyone registering for the Motorcycle Chicken Poker Run on Friday evening receives two wristbands for free admission to the festival for the entire weekend.

Sponsored by WTAK and the Burch Agency, the Motorcycle Chicken Poker Run offers a scenic ride through North Alabama and a chance to win $100. This year’s ride is set for 10 a.m., April 14, beginning at Rocket Harley Davidson (15100 Highway 20 West in Madison) with stops at the Courtland Heritage Museum (252 College Street in Courtland), Shelton’s Jif E Mart (16798 Market Street in Moulton), Billy Mitchell Jewelry (1 County Road 101 in Moulton), and ending at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. All riders must be at the Festival by 2:30 p.m. with winners to be announced at 3:15 p.m. The winning hand will receive $100, with $50 for the 2nd best hand and $100 for the worst hand. Local merchants will also offer a variety of door prizes.

Cost for the Poker Run is $20 per person (which includes two wristbands for free admission for all three festival days). On-site registration will also be available at Rocket Harley Davidson the day of the ride beginning at 9 a.m. at $20 per person. The first 100 riders to pre-register will receive a free t-shirt. To download a registration form or for more information visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Contests” or call 256.905.0700. Proceeds benefit the Lawrence County Arts Council.

For more information on the Motorcycle Poker Run and Friday Night Bike Night, contact Coordinator Johnny Turner at johnny@alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or for more information on other festival activities, call 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 eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Daily admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located 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 the “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 a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2012 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, 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, 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, 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, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.

For the latest updates, 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.

Written by 49 County News.Net

March 7, 2012 at 12:29 AM

02/28/2012 ACEF Unveils Line-up for Logan Pharmacy Stage – The Kentucky Headhunters to Headline 2012 Event

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Moulton, Ala. – American country rock band The Kentucky Headhunters will headline the eighth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 13-15, 2012. North Alabama’s popular spring festival also features eleven additional bands and performers on the Logan Pharmacy Stage bringing to Moulton an assortment of local and regional talent for three days of wholesome entertainment.

The festival kicks off on Friday evening, April 13th with live music, a variety of good eats, and a VIP Bike Night for motorcycle enthusiasts. Gates open at 5 p.m. with live music featuring Russell Gulley (www.russellgulley.com) firing up at 5:30 p.m. As a veteran Muscle Shoals songwriter and musician, Russell Gulley was one of the founding members of Jackson Highway, a classic southern rock band during the 1970s.

Following at 7 p.m. is Mia Borders (www.miaborders.com). Mia Borders has captured the attention of both local and national audiences with her energetic blend of funk, soul, and contemporary songwriting. The April 2010 release of her second full-length album, “Magnolia Blue,” earned her a nomination for Best Emerging Artist at the Big Easy Music Awards, as well as a nationally broadcast performance at N.O. Jazz Fest ’10.

Hailing from Louisiana, Voodoo Bayou (www.boodoobayouband.com) brings with them a mix of Americana rock, Delta blues and funk fusion promising nothing less than a high-energy show. Their 1 ½-hour performance is slated for 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

Music fills the air Saturday, April 14th beginning at 11 a.m. with the Barren River Trio (www.barrenrivertrio.com). Formed in 2010, Saturday’s opening act is centered on strong American values such as freedom, family, personal quality, innovation, and hard work. Their debut album, “American Folk,” is a collection of stories aimed to remind and encourage folks to remember what it means to be an American.

Eleven months after being formed, the Ray Johnston Band (www.rayjohnstonband.com) found themselves opening for Cheap Trick at SXSW in Austin, Tex., the largest weeklong music and media event in the country where promising new bands play alongside established performers. Born in Montgomery, Ray played basketball for the University of Alabama and was playing for the Dallas Mavericks in 2004 before a diagnosis of leukemia forced a career change. Set to perform at 1 p.m., the band features both gentle melodies and explosions of funk, blues and jazz.

Storyteller, songwriter, guitarist, and vocal instrumentalist Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding (www.lipbone.com) has spent the last 20 years traveling the world collecting and recounting exotic tales through music and performance art. With humble beginnings as a New York City subway singer, Lipbone now performs in festivals, theaters and concert halls across America and Europe. Lipbone Redding and The Lipbone Orchestra take to the stage at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Following at 6:30 p.m., southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas (www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Oak-Arkansas/118586411537485) has been around since the early 70s, playing a unique sound of Southern boogie mixed with low, growling vocals by the group’s lead singer. They have released many albums and have had several chart-topping songs including “Keep the Faith,” “Hot and Nasty,” and “Uncle Lijah,” but they are probably best known for their 1973 hit “Jim Dandy” which happens to be the name of the lead singer, Jim “Dandy” Mangrum.

Founded in 1968 as Itchy Brother, the name change to The Kentucky Headhunters (www.kentuckyheadhunters.com) came in 1986 with a change in band members, and since then the country rock band has charted four consecutive Top 40 country singles from its debut album Pickin’ on Nashville. The band has released seven studio albums, two compilations, and twenty singles of which “Oh Lonesome Me” peaked at #8 in 1990. In addition, they have won three Country Music Association awards, an Academy of Country Music award and a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1990 for Pickin’ on Nashville. Their 1 ½-hour performance is set for 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 15th features Delta Reign, Cedric Burnside, Lightin’ Malcolm, and Honey Island Swamp Band. Hailing from Mobile, Delta Reign (www.deltareign.com) brings a touch of bluegrass to the Logan Pharmacy Stage beginning at 11 a.m. With favorable reviews in Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles magazines, this “delta bluegrass” band is ready to make their mark in the world of bluegrass.

Grandson of North Mississippi Blues legend R.L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside (www.cedricburnside.com) was the winner of the Memphis Blues Music Award “Best New Artist Debut” in 2009 and was named its “Drummer of the Year” in 2010. He recently started a new band, Cedric Burnside and the Cedric Burnside Project, and their debut album is titled “The Way I Am” featuring original foot-stomping hill country blues music. They are set to perform at 1 p.m.

Following at 2:30 p.m. is Lightnin’ Malcolm (www.lightninmalcolm.net). His latest album, “Renegade,” is high energy, hill country blues fused with modern elements of funk, reggae, soul, and rock. It features 13 new original songs all written and produced by Lightnin’ Malcolm.

The final act for the three-day event is Honey Island Swamp Band (www.honeyislandswampband.com). Named after a real place along the borders of Louisiana and Mississippi, this band is a blend of soul, country, R&B, and blues with their music described as “Bayou Americana”.

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

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jamie Hood Jewelers located at 2504 East Avalon Avenue, Suite A in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Admission to the Festival is $3 daily/per person and children five years old and under are admitted free. The price of admission includes the above mentioned entertainment and concerts on all three stages throughout the three-day event. Festival goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

For more information on this year’s lineup, visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Bands”. Live music shares the stage with additional family friendly activities such as the egg toss competitions, egg roulette, a chicken clucking contest, a motorcycle poker run, agricultural displays, a Southern Folklife Art area, and much more. For information on all activities held over the three-day event, 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 fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 years and under are admitted free.

Sponsors committed for the 2012 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, 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, 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, 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, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.

For the latest updates, 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.

Note:
Richard Young, band member of The Kentucky Headhunters, is available for media interviews.  For more information, contact Vicki Morese at 256.905.070

Written by 49 County News.Net

February 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

02/16/2012 ACEF’s Little Chick Pageant a Preliminary to Little Miss Alabama

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Moulton, Alabama – Organizers of the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival (ACEF) is pleased to announce the Little Chick Pageant held in conjunction with the annual spring event is now an official preliminary to the Little Miss Alabama Pageant. The Little Chick Pageant takes place two weeks prior to the festival on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Lawrence County High School auditorium beginning at 10 a.m.

As a preliminary to the Little Miss Alabama Pageant, the ACEF will pay entry fees to the Little Miss Alabama pageant for the winners of the Little Chick Pageant. The Little Miss Alabama Pageant will be held in June in Huntsville, Ala. For more information, visit www.littlemissalabama.com.

The Little Chick Pageant is open to girls 19 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 14-19 years old. The winner in each division receives a crown with all applicants receiving a pageant t-shirt and two free tickets to the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival.

All 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 15th. Other winners to be selected are Most Photogenic, Best Smile, and Most Beautiful.

The entry deadline is March 16 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.

For complete registration information and entry form, visit the Festival’s web site at http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Contests” or for more information, call Pageant Chair Debbie Blankenship at 256.974.3100.

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 eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted 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 such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2012 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, 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, Jamie Hood Jewelers, Smith Poultry of Moulton, 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, 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, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.

For the latest updates, 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.

Written by 49 County News.Net

February 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

02/03/2012 Rooster Call Juried Art Show Registration Deadline Approaching

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Moulton, Alabama – Organizers of the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival reminds all aspiring and amateur artists the deadline to enter the Rooster Call Juried Art Show is Monday, February 13, 2012. Sponsored by Dr. Don Beach and hosted by the Lawrence County Arts Council, “Rooster Call” is held in conjunction with the eighth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 13-15, 2012 in Moulton. 

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 March 1 to April 30, 2012 and will be presented at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival on April 13-15, 2012.

“Programs such as the Rooster Call exhibit provide an outlet for bringing established and emerging artists into our community for citizens, regardless of age or background, to experience something a little different,” said Dr. Beach. “Arts and cultural activities play a vital role in communities by enhancing the quality of life for citizens while bringing in visitors who contribute to the local economy, and for this reason, I find it important to support local art and cultural programs and am proud to be a part of the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. Whether you have a deep appreciation for art or just simply curious as to the many different ways a rooster can be portrayed artistically, Rooster Call allows people of all ages to experience art in a fun manner.”  

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 Nancy Rhodes Harper and Rickie Higgins. Surrounded by paint and brushes in her father’s sign shop in a small town in the Ozark Mountains, Harper started painting at a very early age. She received a BA degree in Art Education from the University of Central Arkansas and worked in sign painting and as an interior designer while freelancing as an artist. She has studied with many of the finest artists in the world today, Quang Ho, Kim English, Ken Auster, Nancy Chaboun, Karin Jurick, Carol Marine, Anne Blair Brown, Elio Camacho, and The Cumberland Society Painters, and her work is collected in many states across America. She was the first artist named to the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival’s Rooster Hall of Fame as the winner of 2011 Rooster Call Juried Show. She and her husband reside in Huntsville, Ala. 

Creativity, imagination, and passion are present in Higgins’ expansive portfolio. Pieces come together as he is guided to new opportunities through both imagery and medium to create spaces that are skewed vertically yet visibly believable. He paints in his home studio in Decatur, Ala. and his most recent awards include 2011 Panoply Poster Artist, People’s Choice and 3rd place Judge’s Choice in the 2011 Rooster Call Juried Show, 2010 Double Decker Juried Show Best in Show, and Honorable Mention in the 2010 Carnegie Embracing Art Exhibit.

Entry fee for up to two submissions is $25 and each additional entry is $5. The deadline for entries is February 13, 2012 and those selected will be notified beginning February 15, 2012. Shipped artwork is due February 23-25 and hand-delivered art is due February 28.

Artists interested in entering can visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Rooster Art Exhibit” in the Exhibits 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 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 eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted 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 such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include eating contests, an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2012 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, 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, Jamie Hood Jewelers, Smith Poultry of Moulton, 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, 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, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.

For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at 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

February 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

01/31/2012 Get a Taste of This! – Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Named an Alabama Top 25 Food Event

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Moulton, Alabama – The Alabama Tourism Department has named the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival one of 25 top food events in celebration of the 2012 Year of Alabama Food. The list is compiled in conjunction with the year-long promotion designed to attract tourists to Alabama to experience the rich cultural flavors of the South.

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival joins top events such as the Stokin’ the Fire BBQ Festival in Birmingham, Whistle Stop Festival in Irondale, and the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. A complete list of the top 25 food festivals and events can be found in the Sweet Home Alabama 2012 Calendar of Events published by the Alabama Tourism Department. A copy may be requested at www.alabama.travel. The 2012 Year of Alabama Food is the ninth in a series of marketing campaigns produced by the Alabama Tourism Department. For more information, visit www.yearofalabamafood.com.

“Approximately 375 food festivals and events are scheduled to take place this year, and we are honored to be featured as one of the top 25 to attend,” said Zack Tippett, food vendor co-coordinator for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. “The variety of food offered continues to be a key ingredient in the festival’s success. Festival goers are encouraged to come hungry, and whether you like your chicken grilled, fried, baked, or barbecued, an assortment of dishes are on the menu to suit any taste bud.” Philly cheese chicken, Cajun fried chicken on a stick, grilled chicken quesadilla, popcorn chicken, chicken tacos, chicken livers, chicken salad sandwich, chicken pizza, and pulled barbeque chicken are just a sampling of what will be available at this year’s festival.

Along with the assortment of chicken entrees, Golden Flake products will be available for purchase. Golden Flake joins Pepsi-Cola and Two Mama’s Salsa as an Official Product of the 2012 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. “With 2012 the Year of Alabama Food, we especially wanted to reach out to products made in Alabama. Golden Flake products are a staple in many kitchens and lunch boxes across the South and we are excited to have them as part of the Festival,” said Nicole Norwood food vendor co-coordinator for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival.

For more information, contact Event Coordinator Vicki Morese at 256.905.0700 or visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com

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 eighth annual event is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted 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 such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

Sponsors committed for the 2012 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, 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, Jamie Hood Jewelers, Smith Poultry of Moulton, 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, 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, 103.1 WEUP, and Southern Family.

For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at 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

January 31, 2012 at 9:45 PM

01/11/2012 ALABAMA CHICKEN AND EGG FESTIVAL – 8th annual event

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TRINITY, ALABAMA – The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival will be holding a News conference to unveil new sanctioned poultry show and announce entertainment, sponsors, and other new activities for the 2012 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. The news conference will be held on January 17, 2012 at 11 a.m.at Joe Wheeler EMC Boardroom, 25700 Alabama Highway 24, Trinity, Alabama. The news conferance will be conducted by Claudia Comer Gore, Alabama Bantam Club and points secretary for the American Silkie Bantam Club, Glen Cryar, chairman of the Judges Licensing Committee for the American Bantam Association and president of the Alabama Bantam Association Georgia Bell the Silkie Hen Nugget and Scramble & Vicki Morese, Event Coordinator, Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival.

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January 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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