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Events planned for 38th East Texas Poultry Festival

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival season will kick-off Wednesday, September 24 with several events, including the Chicken Fajita Luncheon, the Doo-Dah Parade sponsored by Center Tire Company and the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods.  These events usher in the season prior to the Festival opening Thursday, October 2.


The Texas Education Extension Association is hosting the annual quilt show during the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival, Oct. 2-4. Quilts will be on display at the Historic Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Jheri-Lynn Smith, Quilt Chair, says you can pick up your registration packets at the chamber of commerce, or extension office, or online at For more information call 598-7744 or 598-3682.


The Poultry Festival Open Photography Show will be held at Vision Source, located next to the Rio Theatre, Oct. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event chairman and coordinator Billie Jones says entries will be accepted at First United Methodist Church in Center on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $2 per entry. Categories include children, youth and adults. Photography show entry forms and rules can be picked up at the chamber office or online at


The Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods will be Wednesday, Sept. 24, immediately following the Doo Dah Parade. Co-chairs Denise Merriman and Natalie Oswalt say the deadline for contest recipe is Wednesday, Sept. 12. The recipes are to be mailed or delivered to the chamber of commerce office or emailed to There are three categories for men, women and youth. For more call the chamber, 598-3682.


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