MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A longtime tradition and family event in Lawrence County is ending after a nine-year run. The Lawrence County Arts Council has announced the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival will not be held in the future.
“It has become increasingly difficult to coordinate and plan the event to a professional level expected from our patrons. We have outgrown our volunteer, logistic and financial resources,” said Vicki Morese, who has been involved with the festival since its inception.
The first ACEF festival in 2005 attracted approximately 12,000 people and grew to a crowd of 20,000 in 2013.
It’s not the number of folks that County Commission Chair Prentis Davis remembers.
“Just seeing the people and seeing them happy,” Davis said.
The festival celebrated agriculture, Alabama’s number one industry. Alabama is the number three producer of birds in the nation.
The Southeast Tourism Society named it one of the Top 20 Events for April 2013. In 2011, the Alabama Tourism Department named the event as one of 50 must-see music festivals.
“We are happy in what we have accomplished in just nine short years. From seeing families spend quality time together to introducing arts to the students of Lawrence County, the ACEF has had a positive impact on the Moulton community,” said Morese. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you to the volunteers, sponsors, and the community for supporting the festival over the past nine years.”
Commission Chair Davis said after International Paper announced in September it would shut down its plant in Courtland, Lawrence County needs any draw it can get.
“You hate to get kicked while you’re down, but it’s definitely one of those situations where we’re getting to where we need everything we can get, and you just lose another piece of the puzzle,” said Davis.
Proceeds from the ACEF went to the Lawrence County Arts Council (LCAC), an organization dedicated to providing the communities of Lawrence County with a broad range of visual, literary, and performing arts and cultural experiences.