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October 12, 2022 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary members gathered at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial on the Center square October 3, 2022, in recognition of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, wished everyone a good morning and thanked everyone for being there to remember those who served in the war on terror in Afghanistan.

Post member Mike Wulf then delivered the opening prayer.

Hume then relayed the following stating that 21 years ago, America launched its counterattack against terrorism, attacking terrorist targets in Afghanistan and ushering in operation enduring freedom and the global war on terror.

To date there have been over 2,300 military deaths in Afghanistan. Among that number are the sons and daughters of big cities and small towns. A year ago,13 service members were lost when they were killed on August 26, 2022 near Kabul’s international airport less than a week before the United States was set to complete its military withdrawal on August 31. They also were remembered during the ceremony.

Shelby County, Texas as in all previous wars also suffered losses.

US Army Sergeant Kevin Roberts was killed in action on May 7, 2008 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device commonly know as and IED. He was not from Shelby County but married a local girl and fell in love with Shelby County. As was his wish, he is buried in the West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.

US Army Specialist Cory Bertrand died in Afghanistan five months later on October 14, 2008, one month before his 19th birthday. His vehicle also struck by an IED. He is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, also in Shelbyville.

In honor of those who served and sacrificed, Post Commander Richard Lundie layed the memorial wreath.

In honor of all the fallen Afghanistan war veterans and those who survived but have since passed, Taps was then played as presented by Past Post Commander Gene Hutto.

October 12, 2022 (Photo Album) - A fan favorite and an item of the festival to add to everyone's bucket list is the Poultry Festival "Strut, Cluck, and Crow" Clucking Contest! Participants each brought their unique interpretations of a chicken which resulted in two cluck-offs during the event to help judges name those top three in each age category.

The 2022 clucking contest results are:

Peeps 5 and Under
1st Place - Jax Merchant
2nd Place - Danyon Smith
3rd Place - Kyndall Gilchrist
Honorable Mention - Amelia Windham

Chicks 6-11
1st Place - Zoey Emmerling
2nd Place - Liam Emmerling
3rd Place - Gabi Mayo
Honorable Mention: Payton Allen and Landon Wood

Pullets Ages 12-16
1st Place - Zac Payne
2nd Place - Haven Allen

Roosters and Hens Ages 17 and Up
1st Place - William Jacobs
2nd Place - John Thibeit
3rd Place - Billy Paddie
Honorable Mention - Isaias Cruz

October 12, 2022 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries would like to extend our gratitude to all who purchased raffle tickets for the ATV this year. Because of you, this fundraiser was a success!

The winner of the 2022 Kawasaki Mule 4x4 was Mrs. Debrah Worsham! Congratulations!

We would also like to send a special thank you to our sponsors this year. They are Shelby Savings Bank, Hope Community Medicine, Center Noon Lion’s Club, Ihlo Sales, Heather Chambliss, Center Rotary Club, J. Lout, JTK Management, ACE Hardware of Center, Zack’s Tint Shop, Automotive Collision, Boles Feed, Pizzeria, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, Jack Brittain, and other anonymous sponsors.

All proceeds made from this fundraiser will help us feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County.

October 11, 2022 - Rae Sterling celebrated their new location just off the Center square with a ribbon cutting event September 16, 2022. Members of the community, as well as Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were at the business to applaud its relocation.

Stephanie Elswick, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President, thanked everyone for attending the ribbon cutting and introduced Kaleigh Jones, owner of Rae Sterling. Jones then introduced her husband Colbey as well as their son Sterling.

"I just want to thank everyone for coming and welcoming me to the square," said Jones. "I want to thank my in-laws for letting me start out at White Cottage, that was a blessing."

Jones expressed a desire to have many years at their new location. She shared that a portion of the business' proceeds are donated to animal shelters including Nacogdoches, Longview and the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

"We just give what we can, in retail it's up and down. So we do, we try to give the most that we can," said Jones.

She said they plan to have events such as a customer can donate a bag of dog food and potentially receive a discount toward their purchase.

Rae Sterling has a selection of stylish clothes in all sizes at very affordable prices. Customers can find fashion tee shirts, denim, leggings, dresses, great tops, sweaters and accessories at her shop.

When you shop and make a purchase at Rae Sterling, customers will not only potentially go home with a cute outfit or fun accessory, there is also the added bonus that you have just helped feed a shelter dog. Every purchase feeds a shelter dog.  Kaleigh Jones started Rae Sterling with a mission to feed shelter dogs with every purchase.

Rae Sterling is located at 111 Logansport Street just off the Center square. The shop is open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 3pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm and closed Sunday and Monday. Call 936-332-8492.

October 10, 2022 - The Shelbyville High School Chemistry class taught by Brooke Harrison performed a magic show Friday morning, October 7th at the 46th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival under the big tent.

Students brought a balanced chemical equation to the stage with a mixture of humor and entertainment. Several critical points of the performance involved a pumpkin, gummie bears, and ("wink, wink") water. Watch the video below to be amazed with an instantaneous reaction rate of enjoyment.


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October 10, 2022 - After opening ceremonies of the East Texas Poultry Festival, elementary kids took to the stage to sing enduring favorites of the festival.


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The Shelbyville 4th grade students performed a Flashback to the Past with songs like "Rockin' Robin," "Yakety Yak," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Jail House Rock," "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "The Twist," and "We Go Together."


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The F.L. Moffett students preformed festival favorites like the "Chicken" song, the "Chicken Dance Song," "It's a Beautiful Day," "Funky Chicken Strut," “Oh, I Love America,” "Bright Happy Day," “We Are Thankful for the U. S. A.,” and "Agents of Change."

Below are links to photo albums from their performances:


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October 10, 2022 (Photo album of entries coming today) - The East Texas Poultry Festival Photography Show had a amazing array of submission making judging the winners a challenge. The following photographer's submissions won the favor of the judges and the people.

People's Choice Award

Youth Division - Kelsi Wood
Adult Division - Lawrence Davis

Piney Woods Photographic Society Award - Summer Koltonski

Digital Manipulation Category

Youth Division
1st place – Kinsey Bryant

Adult Division
1st place – Janice Carter                
2nd place – Billie F. Jones

Animals Category

Youth Divison
1st place – Emily Arcibar
2nd place – Kelsi Wood
3rd place – James Patrick
Honorable Mention – Lisandra Santos

Adult Division
1st place – Sabrina Causey
2nd place – Sabrina Causey
3rd place – Bobbie J Wood
Honorable Mention - Janice Carter, Billie Jones

Urbans Category

Youth Division
1st place – Daniela Lucio
2nd place – Kelsi Wood
3rd place – Daniela Lucio
Honorable Mention – Jaklyn Cotreras

Adult Division
1st place – Lawrence Davis
2nd place – Summer Koltonski
3rd place – Bobbie J Wood
Honorable Mention – James Payne, Debra Cockrell

Flowers Category

Youth Division
1st place – Daniela Lucio
2nd place – Kinsey Bryant
3rd place – Emily Arcibar

Adult Division
1st place – Billie F. Jones
2nd place – Billie F. Jones
3rd place – Starla Fischer
Honorable Mention – Starla Fischer

People Category

Youth Division
1st place – Kelsi Wood
2nd place – Arista Lee
3rd place – James Patrick
Honorable Mention – Kinsey Bryant, Kelsi Wood

Adult Division
1st place – Madison Tackett
2nd place – Lawrence Davis
3rd place – Sabrina Causey
Honorable Mention – Lawrence Davis, Amy Matthews

Fine Arts Category

Youth Division
1st place - Kelsi Wood (Best of Show)
2nd place – Arista Lee
3rd place - Daniela Lucio
Honorable Mention – Lisandra Santos, Kinsey Bryant, Lisandra Santos

Adult Division
1st place – Billie F. Jones (Best of Show)
2nd place – Billie F. Jones
3rd place – Lawrence Davis
Honorable Mention – Bobbie J Wood, Bobbie J. Wood

Scenics Category

Youth Division 
1st place – Lisandra Santos
2nd place – Bryan Bustos
3rd place – Kinsey Bryant
Honorable Mention – Bryan Bustos

Adult Division
1st place – Sabrina Causey
2nd place – Madison Payne
3rd place – Starla Fischer
Honorable Mention – Billie F Jones

Poultry Category

Youth Division
1st place – Kinsey Bryant

Thank you to the Supporters of the Photography Exhibit: DAVMAR Gallery @ Dave & Mary Masterson, Blake Furniture @ Lawrence Davis and Piney Woods Photographic Society. The ETPF was sponsored by the Light & Champion Paper this year.

Thanks to everyone for their support.


From left: Princess Julie Bird, Queen Sayre Hall, and Princess Bella Alford

October 3, 2022 (More photos) - Congratulations to the 2022 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court. Sayre Hall was crowned the 2022 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen at the coronation held Saturday, October 1st. Julie Bird was First Runner Up and Bella Alford was Second Runner Up.

Children of the Court during the East Texas Poultry Festival pageant were Preslee Chumley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Chumley; Kase Kay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kay; Sawyer Kirby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kirby; William Windham, son of Dr. and Mrs. Clayton Windham; Blayne Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Miller; Todd Best, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Best.

Thank you to the East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s court Platinum sponsor High Roller Wells for making the pageant a huge success. Gold sponsors for the event were Cornerstone Construction, Dazzle Me Pink and Blue, deb’s boutique and JML Management.


From left: Shannell Ruiz, Emily Teske,Sharisse McAdams, Princess Julie Bird, Caroline Corbell, Queen Sayre Hall, Haley Link, Princess Bella Alford, and Jesse Wiggins

Thank you the wonderful Committee: Caroline Corbell, Haley Link, Sharisse McAdams, Shannell Ruiz, Emily Teske and Jesse Wiggins. Chase Mayfield and Abi DePriest were Master of Ceremonies and Mistress of Ceremonies.

The 2022 East Texas Poultry Festival Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focused Care of Center, will be held under the Big Tent at 10:00 a.m., Thursday morning, October 6th Queen Sayre and the court will cut the feathers opening the festival.

Thank you to Farmers State Bank, Poultry Festival Presenting Sponsor; and Festival Gold Sponsors, Badders Law Firm, City of Center, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods.

See you at the Festival.

For additional information, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.


From left: Princess Julie Bird, Queen Sayre Hall, and Princess Bella Alford

October 1, 2022 (More photos) - Miss Sayre Hall was crowned queen in the 46th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant held Saturday, October 1, 2022. She was crowned by the 2021 Senior Queen Emilee Elliott and Junior Queen Carly Gray.

First runner-up was Julie Bird and second runner-up was Bella Alford.

Additional awards presented were:

Doo Dah Parade Awards:
Sweepstakes - Sayre Hall
Presidential - Braileigh McDaniel
Mayor's - Julie Bird
Hon. Mention - Carson Crouch

Miss Congeniality - Bella Alford

Photogenic:
Winner - Sayre Hall
1st Runner-up - Julie Bird
2nd Runner-up - Bella Alford

Essay Competition:
Winner - Bethany Kilpatrick
1st Runner-up - Bella Alford
2nd Runner-up - Carson Crouch

Committee Award - Leah Watson

Social Skills:
Winner - Sayre Hall
1st Runner-up - Julie Bird
2nd Runner-up - Carson Crouch

GPA Competition:
Winner - Sayre Hall
1st Runner-up - Bethany Kilpatrick
2nd Runner-up - Julie Bird

UIL Participation and School Honors and Activities:
Winner - Bella Alford
1st Runner-up - Julie Bird
2nd Runner-up (Tie) - Braileigh McDaniel and Sayre Hall

Interview:
Winner - Sayre Hall
1st Runner-up (Tie) - Julie Bird and Bethany Kilpatrick
2nd Runner-up - Carson Crouch

Stage Presence:
Winner - Sayre Hall
1st Runner-up - Julie Bird
2nd Runner-up - Bella Alford

Grand Dukes (Tie) - Ryker Tomlin and Maddox Hutchins

September 30, 2022 - The Family of Denise Garrett would like to say thank you to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and anyone else that put in the man hours to locate her. May God Bless you.

Robbie Garrett – Mom
Pearl McLendon – Aunt
And the rest of the Garrett family

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