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Blues Brothers plan to play at Moulton Chicken, Egg Festival

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Moulton police officers escorted the Alabama Blues Brothers into the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce meeting room Thursday.

"Is this how you get treated in Lawrence County?" joked Blues Brother Justin Crisler, as an officer pretended to cuff him.

He then turned to the audience attending the Chicken and Egg Festival press conference and announced, "We're in the process of trying to make bail so we can make it to the festival."

The soul-singing jokesters will headline the third annual Chicken and Egg Festival on April 14 and 15. Jamey and Justin Crisler are the nation's only real brothers performing as Jake and Elwood Blues from the 1980 film starring Dan Akroyd (Elwood) and the late John Belushi (Jake).

The duo has performed for more than 1,200 audiences, but Justin Crisler said he was especially excited to perform in Moulton.

"It's a huge honor to be asked to come back to Moulton," he said. "It's where we got our start — the Moulton Festival was our first performance nine years ago."

One of top festivals

The Chicken and Egg Festival has been billed as one of the top 10 April festivals in the state, according to Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association President Dana Lee Tatum.

"That's out of 225 events in April," she said. "That's incredible news and certainly a testament to the hard work that goes into the making of this festival."

The Chicken and Egg Festival, like typical festivals, features live entertainment, children's activities, an arts and crafts fair and food vendors, but it's far more than it's cracked up to be.

The festival provides amusement for all ages while educating consumers on the importance of the poultry industry. According to Alabama Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Ronnie Murphy, Alabama is the third largest poultry producer in the nation with more than 1 billion birds produced each year.

The festival committee is adding a program to honor poultry farmers at this year's festival. The "Proud to Be a Poultry Farmer" promotion will allow poultry farmers attending the festival to sit in a VIP section during performances.

New events hatching this year also include performances by "Riverboat John" Ferguson and a Rowdy Rooster puppet show in the children's area.

Other scheduled activities include a chicken-clucking contest, motorcycle chicken run, barbecue chicken cooking contest, Little Chick Beauty Walk, chicken-wing eating contest, hard-boiled egg eating contest, Karoake for Big Chickens, chicken bowling and a photography contest.

Graham said more than 400 volunteers contributed to last year's festival and hopes that many support poultry farming this year.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the chamber at 974-1658.

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