42nd East Texas Poultry Festival is one for the record books

Broiler sale auction draws record for bidding

The 42nd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival is one for the record books — in more ways than one.

The Saturday night broiler show sale auction raised a record $157,000, according to AgriLife Extension Agent Lane Dunn.

“It was a new record at the sale,” Dunn said. “It was just overwhelming the amazing and incredible support this community showed our FFA and 4-H kids.”

Dunn said the last record sum for a broiler show came in 2011 during the height of the oil and gas drilling boom when $151,000 was raised.

Deborah Chadwick, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, said the credit for the success goes to a dedicated core of volunteers.

“No event of this size takes place without a dedicated group of committee chairmen and volunteers who willingly gave of their time and energy,” she said. “I want to give a huge thank you to the many individuals, companies and organizations who contributed to the success of the East Texas Poultry Festival.”

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