The Poultry Federation (TPF), a multi-state trade organization representing the poultry and egg industry in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, hosted their 62nd Annual Poultry Festival. The event took place in Rogers, Arkansas, at the Embassy Suites and Rogers Convention Center June 10-11, 2022.
For six decades, The Poultry Federation (TPF) has hosted the annual event celebrating the poultry and egg industry with its finest, drawing members and friends of the industry from all across the country. Over 4,000 tickets were sold to the festival, impacting the Rogers economy by $2.6 million.
“Visit Rogers and the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce are so thankful to have the Poultry Festival hosted in our community. To be the place where the hardworking professionals of the poultry and egg industry come together to celebrate their craft means a great deal to us.” Says Luke Wiggins, Director of Sales for Visit Rogers, “The 2022 Poultry Festival had a $2.6 economic impact on Rogers and Northwest Arkansas. On behalf of the city of Rogers and the local business community, thank you. More importantly, thank you for what you do on a daily basis. We are proud to have a long-running partnership with The Poultry Federation and look forward to the years to come.”
The two-day festival included a golf tournament that hosted 144 golfers, a trap shoot of 98 shooters at Outlaw Ridge, a bass tournament on Beaver Lake with 88 participants, our first annual women in poultry event which hosted 159 women and 17 barbecue teams participated in the 26th annual Barbecue Competition.
Friday evening the Federation hosted their 26th Annual Allied Industries Scholarship Auction, raising a record amount of $128,555. For over 20 years, these funds have helped TPF provide scholarships to deserving young people interested in pursuing a career in the poultry and egg industry. All proceeds from the auction are applied to the scholarship fund.
“We are very thankful for our members who year after year invests in our scholarship programs. Our members believe in investing in the lives and education of those who will be leaders in the industry. This investment is critical for the future of the poultry and egg industry.” Stated Marvin Childers, President of TPF.
The annual barbecue contest, our next biggest event, took place on Saturday, June 11. Coinciding with this year’s theme, Back to the Future, teams from all over the industry decorated their booths with tributes to the movie, such as hoverboards and a DeLorean. Décor also included, but was not limited to, 90’s arcade games, karaoke and team members dressing as if they had transported from the decade. Along with the booth contestants, the barbeque teams brought the competition as they competed with various flavors, cooking methods and styles for the cook-off.
“This was my first year attending Festival. I saw pictures and was told descriptions from past attendees, but seeing the BBQ Contest come to life was beyond what I could've envisioned." Stated Annie Hounsel, Business Operations coordinator. “The work and dedication each team puts into each detail from the booth to the costumes, to the food prep are extraordinary. The BBQ contest is a way to see how this industry thrives the way it does; because of the hardworking, creative individuals that come together to make it a huge success.”
The hard work and unmatched talents of the barbeque participants did not go unnoticed. During the barbeque dinner following the cook-off, awards were given to the cooking grand champion, boneless, bone-in, booth, people’s choice and sportsmanship. Recipients of the grand champion, people’s choice, and best booth received $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.
The weekend concluded with a festival concert at the Walmart Amp. This year’s entertainment included headlining band Midland with opening act Cassadee Pope.
To learn more about the festival and other events hosted by the federation visit www.thepoultryfederation.
The Poultry Federation is a trade association representing the poultry and egg industry in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The federation promotes and protects the interests of the industry and provides a unified voice for governmental affairs. The Poultry Federation is based in Little Rock, AR., and has operational offices in Jefferson City, MO., and Oklahoma City, OK.