The Poultry Federation (TPF) hosted their 59th Annual Poultry Festival in Rogers, Arkansas at the Embassy Suites and John Q Hammons Convention Center. For nearly six decades TPF has hosted the annual event celebrating the poultry and egg industry.
The festival draws members and friend of the industry from all across the country. Over 5,400 tickets were sold to the festival, impacting the Rogers economy by $4.3 million.
The two day event included a golf tournament that hosted 388 golfers, a trap shoot of 95 shooters, a bass tournament on Table Rock Lake with 65 boats, a ladies luncheon of 245 attendees and 41 barbecue teams.
Friday evening the Federation hosted their 23rd Annual Allied Industries Scholarship Auction which raised over $100,000. For over 20 years, TPF has provided scholarships to deserving young people interested in pursuing a career in the poultry and egg industry. All proceeds from the auction are applied to the scholarship fund. A total of $155,000 was awarded to 40 students for the 2018-2019 academic year.
“We pride ourselves on having members that value giving back to the future of the poultry and egg industry. It is vital that we invest in the next generation. If we let them fall to the wayside the industry will also” stated Marvin Childers, President of TPF.
The second most exciting part of the festival is the barbecue contest. This year’s theme was peace, love and poultry. Teams decorated their booths with vintage VW vans, beaded curtains, tie dyed walls, vintage records, flowers, chickens adorned with 60’s themed accessories and team members dressed like they had been transported from Woodstock. Teams offered a variety of tastes for attendees to partake in. Chicken jambalaya, chicken tacos, barbecue chicken pizza, blueberry infused sausage, chicken kabobs and drumsticks of every flavor. There was no corner of chicken flavors left unturned.
“We are always amazed at the creativity of the teams that participate in the barbecue contest. The morning before the parking lot filled with attendees, I made a final walk through and could not stop smiling. You can’t image the creativity that went into the booths this year” stated Joyce Wood, Business Operations Manager.
The hard work of participants in the barbecue contest do not go unnoticed. Awards are given to cooking grand champion, boneless, bone-in, booth, skit, people’s choice and sportsmanship. Recipients of the grand champion, people’s choice, best ski and best booth receive $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. For the first time the barbecue contest included a wing eating contest.
“This is my fourth festival and the enthusiasm and participation this year was off the charts. I am proud to be a part of an industry that gives back not only monetarily through their participation in the scholarship auction, but through their time in volunteering to help ensure the festival runs seamlessly,” said Holly Rogers, Director of Marketing and Business Development.
The weekend concluded with a festival concert at the Walmart Amp. This year’s entertainment included Neal McCoy and Arkansas native Justin Moore.
The Federation will host their 60th Annual Poultry Festival on June 14-15, 2019 at the Embassy Suites and John Q Hammons Center in Rogers, Arkansas. To learn more about the festival and other events hosted by the federation visit www.thepoultryfederation.com
Photo Provided By: Scott Wood Photography