The 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival is officially underway

There's plenty of entertainment, food, a photo show & quilt show lined up Thursday

With the official cutting of the feathered boa by 2019 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen Kristen Orsak, the festival got underway Thursday morning.

Check out photo gallery from Thursday's opening ceremony and other activities, please click on link below:

Farmers State Bank
Presents the




**Opening Ceremonies**


10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 3, 2019 Sponsored by Focus Care of Center Historic Downtown Square

Invocation: Pastor Andy Wilson, FUPC

National Anthem: Center High School Band, Director Chris Smith

Pledge to the Flag: Timpson ISD Kindergarten

Cutting of the Feathers: 2019 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen and Court


County Judge, Allison Harbison President Farmers State Bank, City of Center Mayor, David Chadwick Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Brian Dean


Enjoy entertainment throughout the Festival on the Frances Oates Main Stage - "The Big Tent." Vocalists and bands are in green in the schedule below. Schools who have students participating in the festival are in a color representing their school colors.

The Creative Arts Show is inside the Historic Courthouse on the downtown square. The Photography Show is located inside of Vision Source on Nacogdoches Street on the downtown square.

Arm bands are $20 and are on Thursday and Friday ONLY!

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Petting Zoo at Children's Tent
10:00am - Opening Ceremonies on the Historic Downtown Center Square (Sponsored by Focused Care of Center)

  • Invocation by Pastor Andy Wilson, First United Pentecostal Church

  • National Anthem played by Center HS Band, Director Chris Smith

  • Pledge of Allegiance recited by Timpson ISD Kindergarten

  • Cutting of the Feathers: 2019 Poultry Festival Queen Kristen Orsak and Court Princesses: Naquila Barnes, Kennedy Bush, Azsahlia Cartwright, Camryn Crouch, Katelyn Duvon, Paige Estes, CaDayasia Garrett, Taylor Horton, Morgan Jefferson, Ashleigh McKim, Tatum Mettauer, Brooklinn Penning, and Kaitlin Williams)

  • Welcome from County Judge, Allison Harbison; President of Farmers State Bank, City of Center Mayor, David Chadwick; Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Brian Dean

10:00am - Food / Arts & Crafts Booths Open
10am to 5pm - Photography Show at Vision Source, 106 Nacogdoches Street, downtown square
12m to 5pm - Creative Arts and Quilt Show inside Historic Courthouse (Sponsored by Scull Timber)
10:10am - “Flashback to the Past” Shelbyville Fourth Grade Class 
10:30am - F.L. Moffett Kindergarten Classes 
     10:30am - Fults, Thomas, Nunez
     10:45am - Belrose, Araiza, Sanford
     11:05am - Fitzgerald, Rogers, Phelps
12:00m - Center Elementary First Grade Classes 
     12:00m - Jurecka, Collins, Gonzales, Araiza
     12:10pm - Stroud, Haddox, Sullivan, Palm
     12:20pm - Ruiz, Birdwell, Bybee, Trahan
12:35pm - Center Elementary Second Grade Classes 
     12:35pm - Hroncich, Nehring, Gregston
     12:45pm - Radney, Hooper, Helms
     12:55pm - Bates, Ruiz-Siso, Parker
1:10pm - Center Elementary Third Grade Classes 
     1:10pm - Lopez, Murray, Ratley
     1:20pm - Burns, Corbell, Crouch
     1:30pm - Wheeler, Tomlin, Bennett, Combs
2:00pm - Open Microphone 
5:30pm - "Elephants in the Room" Improv - Center HS Theater
5:45pm - The Blake Brothers - Bluegrass Band
6:00pm - Carnival Opens
6pm to 10pm - Carnival Rides (Wristbands $20)
7:00pm - Beans and Strings Chicken Pickin' featuring local musicians including Danny Paul Windham, Thomas Morrison and the Pack of Strays
10:00pm - Festival Closes

The Light and Champion

137 San Augustine St.
Center TX 75935