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Ken Meigs, left, and Gordon 'Bubba' Pigg, members of a barbecuing team, prepare their chicken for the judges to sample at a previous Chicken and Egg Festival.
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Ken Meigs, left, and Gordon "Bubba" Pigg, members of a barbecuing team, prepare their chicken for the judges to sample at a previous Chicken and Egg Festival.

Chicken or egg? Try both at Lawrence County festival

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com 340-2446

You'll be clucking for sure after you sample all the types of chicken available this weekend at the third Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival in Moulton.

If you're a heavy eater, you can join in the barbecue chicken wing eating contest or the hard-boiled egg eating contest.

How many ways can you prepare chicken? You can taste a variety of items Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.

Here's what vendors will be offering: Homemade chicken stew, grilled chicken sandwiches, barbecue chicken pizza, popcorn chicken for children, grilled chicken pitas, pulled barbecue chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken kabobs, Mediterranean chicken platters, chicken wings, chicken on a stick, chicken jambalaya, chicken hot dogs and chicken corn dogs.

Festival spokeswoman Karen Beasley said they are expecting about 14 chicken vendors from North Alabama, as well as from North Georgia and Mobile.

There'll be deviled eggs, too, and plenty of other goodies besides chicken. Also, the area's top chicken barbecuers will vie for prizes of $200, $300 and $400 in the third annual competition sponsored by the Lawrence County Extension Service. The best decorated poultry theme cooking site will win $100.

Some of the nation's top cooks got their start at the festival in Moulton. Bob Fite and Steve Blake of Decatur placed first at last year's festival and then went on to win first in the chicken category at the national barbecue competition in Kansas City.

The barbecuing will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, when each team that registered by March 30 begins cooking the four chicken halves issued by the contest committee, part with and part without sauce.

Admission to the festival is $2 per person (free for those under 5).

On the Net

www.chickenandeggfestival.com, or call the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, 974-1658.

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