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If you’ve been craving a slice of East Texas Poultry Festival, you’ll get your first good taste of it today as the annual kick-off fajita luncheon will be start at 11 a.m. this morning on the historic courthouse square in Center. Shelby County

 

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Phelps says the "chicken cutters" will be ready to prepare the chicken for the meals, and a fun day is in store.

 

The luncheon includes 2 chicken fajitas, chips, salsa & drink for $7, and will be served until sold out.

 

At 4:30 this afternoon, the always entertaining Doo-Dah Parade sponsored by Center Tire Co. will hit the downtown Center Square. Ms. Phelps says the parade will feature the 10 princess candidates vying to become Poultry Festival Queen.

 

At 5 p.m. the Chicken Cooking Contest gets underway as Ms. Phelps says there’s 21 entrants in the three categories vying for trophies and cash prizes.

 

She says there’s also a People’s Choice and Best Dressed Table award, plus you’ll be able to sample the dishes for $5.

 

The Rooster Revel 2014 auction gets started at 6 p.m. this evening as Center High Agribusiness and Marketing students and art students have their metal silhouette designs take the stage.

 

According to Ms. Phelps, 10 of the roosters will be part of a silent auction, with the other 10 to be auctioned by County Judge Rick Campbell.

 

Coming up Saturday night, it’s the Poultry Festival Queen’s Pageant at 6 p.m. at Center High School.

 

The 38th East Texas Poultry Festival will run Oct. 2 thru Oct. 4. 

 

For more on the event, go to the chamber's website: shelbycountychamber.com.

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