Jun 15

The 59th Annual Poultry Festival is just around the corner! Mark your calendar for June 15-16 to join us for the most anticipated event of the year.

For nearly six decades, The Poultry Federation (TPF) has hosted the annual event celebrating the poultry and egg industry with its finest. We are excited to be reinstating a theme for this year's festival. The theme is Peace, Love & Poultry. We hope to see the John Q Hammons Center parking lot filled with station wagons, VW Vans, 8 track tapes, roller skates, Charlie’s Angels, wide collard shirts, Bee Gees, shag carpet, School House Rock, lava lamps, big patterns, platform shoes, macrame and more! If you have never been to the Barbecue Cookoff on Saturday, this is the year to participate and attend!

The festival draws members and friends of the industry from all across the country. In 2017, over 5,200 tickets were sold to the festival, impacting the Rogers economy by $4.19 million.

Friday, June 15, will be packed with events including a fishing tournament, golf tournament, trap shoot and ladies luncheon. The day will conclude with a Industry Awards Ceremony and then it is time to get into a few bidding wars at the Allied Industries Scholarship Auction. In 2017, TPF raised $107,205 for the Allied Industries Scholarship Fund through the participation of attendees at the auction. A total of $125,500 was awarded in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Saturday, June 16, is the most anticipated day of the entire festival. The John Q. Hammons Center parking lot will be a buzz with cooks firing up their grills, barbecue teams dressed in festive outfits and tents that are more like something you would see off of a movie set. On-site activities for the day include a youth 4-H cooking contest, skits and awards, and plenty of Yarnell’s ice cream to keep your sweet tooth satisfied. If you leave hungry, it is your own fault. Join us Saturday evening for a barbecue dinner and see who takes home the winning prizes from the barbecue cook off. At the conclusion of the dinner head over to the Walmart Amp to hear Neal McCoy open for headliner Justin Moore.

View 2017 Festival Memories

Schedule of Events

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Festival Tickets

The purchase of a festival ticket includes the following: 

  • 1 Entry to Industry Awards/Banquet/Scholarship Auction on Friday, June 15
  • 1 Entry to Barbecue Contest & Fair on Saturday, June 16
  • 1 Entry to Barbecue Buffet Dinner/Presentation of Awards on Saturday, June 16
  • 1 Entry to Festival Concert on Saturday, June 16 (seat selection based on ticket type: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Lawn)
  • Unlimited Access to Yarnell's Ice Cream

Festival Ticket Prices

  • Platinum Tickets: SOLD OUT
  • Gold Tickets: SOLD OUT
  • Silver Tickets: SOLD OUT
  • Lawn Tickets: $100 each


Festival Ticket Commitment Form

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Information & Forms


Poultry Festival Events

Barbecue Contest

Saturday, June 16 • Embassy Suites/JQH Center Parking Lot

The 59th Annual Poultry Festival theme is Peace, Love and Poultry. Teams participating in the Barbecue Contest have the option to use the festival theme or choose their own theme.

The barbecue contest is the one event that makes our annual festival stand out from the others! The Barbecue Contest is always a favorite with participants and attendees alike. The JHQ Convention Center parking lot is covered in the industry’s barbecue teams and their elaborate scenes and extraordinary costumes. Come watch the teams compete in a fun, friendly and family atmosphere and sample the unique and delicious barbecue dishes! You will thoroughly enjoy the creativity and enthusiasm of the TPF members competing in this event.

Also, watch the finals of the Arkansas 4-H state cooking competition. There will be numerous young people competing in poultry and turkey divisions. Come out and support these students and give them some recognition for their efforts in arriving at the state level!

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Barbecue Cooking Contest/Judging: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Barbecue Skits & Booth Judging:
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: No registration fees.
Registration Deadline: Friday, Apirl 27, 2018 (Onsite registration not available)

  • Contest open to poultry and allied members only
  • Teams may participate in the competition or not compete but provide games, appetizers, beverages, etc.
  • Maximum of 9 team members (including Chief Cook)
  • Cash awards will be given to Cooking Grand Champion, People's Choice, Best Booth and Best Skit. Award funds will be donated to winners charity of choice.

Tent Rental: Rental includes installation and removal. Tent measures 20' x 20'. Tent rental must be made in advance (no exceptions). 

  • 20' x 20' Tent Rental: $260

To register for the Barbecue Contest download and complete the Team Registration form and submit to Joyce Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Team Registration Form

2018 Barbecue Contest Guidelines


Joyce Wood
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Fishing Tournament

Friday, June 15 • Eagle Rock Marina, Table Rock Lake

This year the fishing tournament will be held at Table Rock Lake. Two man teams will compete to take home cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest stringers and largest bass. After a long day on the lake, come back and enjoy a box lunch. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from lake and for making arrangements for boats. Participants must also have a Missouri fishing license. Boat numbers will be assigned as entry forms are received.

Time: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 per 2-person team (must be registered and paid in advance. Requires Missouri fishing license. $10 addition to Arkansas license)
Online Registration Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018 (Onsite registration available for $150 per 2-person team. No refunds after Friday, June 8, 2018)


Rules & Regulations

  1. All state, coast guard, federal parks and wildlife regulations will apply at all times.
  2. Contestants must have a valid Missouri fishing license for tournament lake on their person.
  3. Any contestant found to be in violation of any tournament rules will be disqualified. All bass caught by contestants fishing together will be disqualified.
  4. No fishing within 50 yards of marina gas pumps.
  5. US Coast Guard-approved life jackets are required for each person in the boat and must be worn whenever the boat is on plane.
  6. All fish must be caught on artificial baits. No live bait is to be used.
  7. Bass must be alive at weigh in. Dead fish penalty will be 0.5 lbs per dead fish.
  8. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, Mean Mouth and Spotted Bass are to be weighed in.
  9. 15-inch length limit on all species of fish weighed in.
  10. 5 fish limit.


Shawn Carlton
( 479) 427-4671
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Darin Chancellor
( 479) 747-2147
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Golf Tournament

Friday, June 15 • Highlands and Dogwood Golf Courses, Bella Vista

The Highlands Golf Course is definitely a test of shot making ability. Carved out of Bella Vista’s rolling terrain, it offers beautiful views and bountiful trees, while also leading to a lost ball or two. The course’s four tees provide a challenge for all skill levels. The Dogwood Golf Course Golf Course a links-style course, traverses Metfield’s townhouses, Bella Vista’s wooded land and Benton County’s rural area. The layout features gentle terrain, by Bella Vista standards, with several long stretches from green to the next tee.

A catered lunch will be provided by The Poultry Federation at each course. Registration is open to the first 100 teams (400 registrants). Format is four person scramble with flights. Select your own four person team or sign up as a single and be paired on a random team based on handicap. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Tee Times: 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (ALL TEE TIMES ARE FULL)
Cost: $125 per person/$500 per 4-man team (must be registered and paid in advance)
Online Registration Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018 (Onsite registration not available. No refunds after Friday, June 8, 2018)


A.M. Shotgun Start 8:00 A.M. (Highlands Golf Course will have a morning and afternoon flight.  Dogwood Golf Course will only have a morning flight) P.M. Shotgun Start 1:00 P.M. 

Click here to locate your name to see if you are A.M. or P.M. and which course your team is playing on.  

Captains, please let your other team members know A.M. or P.M. and which course your team is playing.   

Lunch will be provided at each course. 

If you are playing in the morning and afternoon, please make sure that you’re A.M. team is on Highlands Golf Course.  If it is not, please contact Russell Mayo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Highlands Golf Course Directions
1 Pamona Dr.
Bella Vista, AR 72715 
Approx: 30 minute drive from Embassy Suites

Dogwoods Golf Course Directions
1 E Euston Rd.
Bella Vista, AR 72714
Approx: 20 min drive from Embassy Suites


Russell Mayo
International Paper
(479) 422-7157

Chad Lawrence
The Vincit Group
(479) 530-5443

Ladies Luncheon

Friday, June 15 • Ambassador Ballroom, JQH Center

Get groovy with us by wearing bell bottoms, platforms, floral headbands, love beads, brown suede, gingham and lace. Need some inspiration? Here are a few style icons from the 70's: Ferrah Fawcett, Cher, Karen Lynn Gorney, Marie Osmond and Joni Mitchell. Sheila Pierson will be our guest speaker and emcee for this years luncheon. She is currently the Training and Leadership Development Director for Ozark Mountain Foods in Rogers, Arkansas. We are excited to hear her speak about being a woman in the poultry industry. Barbra Smith and Mandy Rogers of our Ladies Luncheon Committee have secured Rustic Cuff bracelets for the ladies gifts this year through a sponsorship provided by Cobb Vantress. Door prizes will be in abundance and we are thrilled to announce that Tyson Foods will be providing 4 travel vouchers this year for the Heads or Tails Game. This means there will be TWO WINNERS rather than ONE! The fun continues with our social media contest and the chance to win two backstage passes for you and a friend to meet Justin Moore along with a gift basket from Embassy Suites Spa Botanica! We promise this will be the grooviest luncheon yet! Get your tickets by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button below. 

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 per person (must be registered and paid in advance)
Online Registration Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018 (Onsite registration available for $50 per person. No refunds after Friday, June 8, 2018)


Please note that you must fill out all fields that have a "*" next to it. This includes the mailing address which is required whether you are purchasing festival tickets or not. Please utilize this form to submit your team or attendees. This will help to ensure we have all participants/attendees accounted for.

Motorcycle Rally

Saturday, June 16 • Embassy Suites/JQH Center Parking Lot

Join us for a leisurely ride through the hills of Northwest AR. The ride is promised to be phenomenal and the scenery is like nowhere else. The rally will conclude just in time to enjoy the Barbecue Contest.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Online Registration Deadline: No registration required



Scholarship Auction

Friday, June 15 • Grand Ballroom, JQH Convention Center

For over 20 years, The Poultry Federation has provided scholarships to deserving young people interested in pursuing a career in the poultry and egg industry. All proceeds (100%) from the auction are applied to The Poultry Federation scholarship fund.

In 2017, The Poultry Federation (TPF) raised $107,205 for the Allied Industries Scholarship Fund through the participation of attendees at the auction. A total of $125,500 was awarded in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Your generosity supports the rich heritage of one of the most important industries to the entire region by educating the young people who will be the future leaders.

What to Donate

We want to make donating to the scholarship auction easy as clicking a button. We have created a few registries you can do exactly that. You can go to the following stores, search for our registry, select the item(s) you want to purchase, ship them to our office and you are done!

Amazon Wish List

Cabela's Wish List

Download Scholarship Item Donation Form


We will utilize a mobile app called Handbid to host our auction. Having a way for attendees to keep track of items they have bid on, get alerts when they've been outbid and check-out on their mobile device reduces the time spent wondering the aisles looking at auction items and more time spent networking. 

Time: 12:00 p.m. Silent Auction Bidding Opens
8:00 p.m. Live Auction Begins
Cost: Festival Ticket Required

Trap Shoot

Friday, June 15 • Highlands Gun Range, Bella Vista

The Highlands Gun Range has three trap fields and two skeet fields with overlay. Bring your gun, and we will bring the ammunition. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Teams will be determined prior to shooting. Participants will be entered for a chance to win a shotgun so be sure to stay for lunch!

16105 Rocky Dell Hollow Road
Gravette, AR

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 per person (includes shells for two 25-shot rounds)
Online Registration Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018 (Onsite registration not available. No refunds after Friday, June 8, 2018)


Rick Zimmerman
(501) 944-8561

Steve Isler
Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
(479) 427-6052

Hotel Information

Host Hotel
Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas
3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway
Rogers, AR 72758
Phone: 479.254.8400
Room Rate: $125 single or double + tax

Overflow Hotels
Candlewood Suites
Staybridge Inn & Suites
103 S. 52nd St.
4601 West Rozell
Rogers at Pinnacle Hills
1801 S. 52nd St.
Rogers, AR 72758
Rogers, AR 72756
1803 S. 52nd Street
Rogers, AR 72758
Ph: 479-268-6799
Ph: 479-636-2783
Rogers, AR 72758
Ph: 479-845-5701
Room Rate: $129 + tax
Room Rate: $119 + tax
Ph: 479-845-1300
Room Rate: $112 + tax
Room Rate: $118 + tax
Group Code: POU
Country Inn & Suites
4610 W. Walnut
4304 W. Walnut St.
4501 W. Walnut St.
Rogers, AR 72756
Rogers AR 72756
Rogers, AR 72756
Ph: 888-492-8847
Ph: 479-633-0055
Ph: 479-986-0500
Room Rate: $119 + tax
Room Rate: $84 + tax
Room Rate: $109 + tax
Group Code: G-PF18
Group Code: NA
Group Code: CHHPFE


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