Rotary Club Chicken Festival, Car Cruise-In, Fun Run, & Beauty Contests Set Saturday, May 25th

The Jamestown Rotary Club’s annual Chicken Festival will be held Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fentress County Fairgrounds in Jamestown.
Created to promote the broiler industry in the Upper Cumberland area in 1957, the festival features some of the best open-pit cooked chicken halves to be found anywhere.
In addition to the great food that the festival provides, the Southfork Cruisers Car Club will be holding their 11th Annual Memorial Day Weekend “Chicken Run” Cruise-In on the carnival grounds at the Fairgrounds.
The past few years has seen more than 70 vehicles each year participate, from old classics and antiques through muscle cars, custom cars and trucks.  The event will feature 100% payback of entry fees, as well as drawings for cash and door prizes.  Swap meet vendors are invited to attend.
For more information contact Bill Bowden at (931)879-4040 or Lynn Delk at 879-3670.
In keeping with the idea of continuing to expand activities for the enjoyment of more people each year, this year’s Annual Chicken Festival will include the Second Annual Miss Rotarian Beauty Pageant, and the first annual “5K Chicken Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk.
The fun run will begin at 7:00 a.m.  Registration will be held beginning at 6:15 a.m.  There will be four age groups from ages 10  years up.
For more information about the Fun Run/Walk contact Kara Brannon at P.O. Box 100, Jamestown, TN 38556.
The Beauty Contests are set to begin at 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time, and will be held at the Fentress County Fairgrounds, weather permitting.  In the event of rain, the pageant will be moved to the York Institute Auditorium.
The pageant is open to any age-appropriate individual.  Entry fee is $30.00 if registered by Tuesday, May 21 by 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time.  (Late entry fees will be $40.00).
Forms may be picked up and returned to Merle Norman Studio in Jamestown, or  they may be mailed to P.O. Box 1004, Jamestown, TN 38556. Categories and times for the pageant are as follows:
9:00 a.m.  Tiny Tot      0 to 12 mths.
9:30 a.m.    Tiny Toddler    1 to 2 years
10:00 a.m.    Wee Princess    3 to 4 years
10:30 a.m.    Junior Princess    5 to 6 years
11:00 a.m.    Princess    7 to 9 years
11:30 a.m.    Miss Petite    10  to 12 years
12:30 p.m.    Junior Miss    13 to 15 years
1:00 p.m.    Miss Rotarian    16 to 21 years.
Contestants are asked to please arrive at least 30 minutes before their age group starts in order to be assigned a number.
For more information, contact Crystal Tompkins at (931)879-5897; Angie Starr at (931)267-7437 or Mark Justice at (931)200-5911.  Entry forms must be submitted no later than Tuesday, May 21 at 5 p.m. (CDT).
Winners will be expected to ride in Christmas Parade.
Winners ages 10 and over may hand out ribbons at Rotary Horse Show July 20, 2013.
Miss Rotarian will be expected to participate at Rotary events.
There is no admission to the chicken festival, with the only charge for the chicken and concessions.  The prices will be $6.50 for a plate consisting of a half chicken, beans, chips, and bread, or $5.50 for carry-out halves.
This year’s Chicken Festival/5K run sponsors include Union Bank, First Volunteer Bank, Southeast Bank, Progressive Savings Bank/Rains Agency Inc., Save-A-Lot, McDonald’s, Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jason Bowden Builders, and Wal-Mart.
The concession stand beside the grandstand will also be open serving drinks and snacks.
All proceeds will go toward the various Rotary Club programs, which include four $1,500 scholarships for graduating seniors at Clarkrange High School and York Institute, the annual Rotary Christmas Parade, and many other community projects which the Rotary Club sponsors.
The Club is also welcoming all vendors of crafts and other items to participate in this year’s event.  Vendor space is available for a fee of $35.00.