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Nugget the chicken greets 2006 festival-goers.
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Nugget the chicken greets 2006 festival-goers.

Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to the Chicken &
Egg Festival, of course

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — Chicken lovers from all around will gather at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton this weekend for a celebration of all things poultry.

The third annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival kicks off Saturday and promises to be fun for the entire family. Children and adults of all ages can participate in a variety of events including karaoke, the barbecue chicken-wing eating contest and the egg toss during the two-day outdoor festival.

The Alabama Blues Brothers will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chicken and Egg Festival in Moulton.
Daily file photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
The Alabama Blues Brothers will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chicken and Egg Festival in Moulton.
The National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday afternoon, but rain won't put a damper on the festival, said Vicki Morese, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce executive director.

"A lot of our vendors are inside, so you'll be able to do some shopping while you stay out of the rain," she said. "It'll still be a great time. We're just telling everybody to bring an umbrella and wear closed-toe shoes."

Colonel Sanders look-alike

New this year is the Colonel Sanders Look-Alike Contest with the winner chosen by crowd response. The winner will receive free KFC chicken for one year. Contestants can register at the KFC booth during the festival.

The event, organized by the Chamber of Commerce, brought in more than 12,000 people last year.

Free tethered rides in the RE/MAX hot air balloon will be available if the weather permits.

After filling up on food from area vendors and enjoying performances from Riverboat John, attendees will likely start shaking their tail feathers Saturday evening when Bishop Black, a popular rock band from Decatur, takes the stage. The entertainment continues with Microwave Dave & the Nukes and this year's headliner, the Alabama Blues Brothers with a fireworks show immediately following.

Sunday's entertainment includes the "Southern Gospel Egg-stravaganza" with gospel musicians New Grace, The Dennis Family, The Alabama Spirituals, Palmetto State Quartet and Horizon Award Winner Chris Smith.

Food vendors, an arts and crafts fair and children's activities will be available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, free to those 5 and under.

On the Net, or call the Chamber of Commerce at 974-1658.

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