The 38th East Texas Poultry Festival season will kick-off this 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. The actual festival will be opening Thursday, October 2.
Tickets for the Fajita Kick-Off Luncheon are $7 each, with sales to start at 11 a.m. Wednesday until sold out. By the way, if you missed Friday’s deadline for delivery, it’s been extended until today. Just call in orders to 598-3682, or fax to 598-5032. Today’s the deadline for fajita delivery.
Trophies and cash prizes will be given to the top cooks by categories at the Chicken Cooking Contest starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. There will also be People's Choice and the Best Dressed Table. The public is invited to come out on the east side of the square and try the dishes for a $5 charge.
The Rooster Revel will be Wednesday featuring exclusive Rooster Revel 2014 metal silhouette designs created and hand painted by the Center High Agribusiness and Marketing students and art students. A select number of the silhouettes will be auctioned at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
The Texas Education Extension Association is hosting the annual quilt show during the festival. 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 shelbycountychamber.com.