Pittsburg to celebrate all things chicken

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Lynda Stringer with the Camp County Chamber of Commerce:

PITTSBURG, TX - The streets of historic downtown Pittsburg will transform into an open-air marketplace on September 19th as vendors from all over East Texas converge on the city for its annual Chickfest. More than 85 vendors will offer a wide variety of handmade arts and crafts, commercial products and fundraising booths from churches and nonprofits.

The food vendors will fill the air with the tantalizing aromas of festival favorites such as corn dogs, funnel cakes and nachos and turkey legs, bbq and old-fashioned trail ride food.

Chickfest, named in honor of Pilgrim's Pride, is expected to draw 3,500 people. The festival activities include a golf tournament on Thursday, September 17, a free hot dog lunch and homemade ice cream on Friday, September 18. The Chickfest Carnival will be open Friday from 6-10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Vendors will line the downtown streets all day Saturday. The Chickfest parade will wind through downtown starting at 10 a.m., followed by a classic car and truck display. There will also be a chicken cook-off, the Tommy Lee Memorial Biker Run, the Pittsburg Hot Links Eating Contest at 12:45 and 1:30 p.m., bounce houses, and a free kids activities center, featuring pictures with the Pilgrim's Pride chicken mascot, games and woodcraft projects.

The live entertainment - from noon to 4 p.m. On the courthouse lawn stage - will feature local Christian artists performing a variety of gospel genres, including contemporary Christian, praise, Christian country/southern gospel, and contemporary Hispanic gospel.

Also, don't miss the Scouts' Cub Mobile Races at 10:30 a.m., Identi-kid from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Lion's Club chicken scratch bingo at 12 p.m., and free museum tours from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m.

Look for the Chickfest guide at the Chamber of Commerce booth, which will include the schedule of events and a map of the festival area.