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Something for everyone at Poultry Days

By Christy L. Riley
Teen Scribe

The 60th Annual Versailles Poultry Day Festival was an unforgettable day. As with every year, there were rides, games, activities and events for all ages.

This year featured the annual Poultry Days Parade on Saturday, an Antique Car Show & Tractor Show/Parade on Sunday, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Arts & Crafts, Flower and Photography Shows and the greatest “Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in the World."

Live music included Renegade, Free Lance, Higgins-Madewell, Reaganomics, 2x2 Unplugged and Karma's Pawn.

At the festival, the Art & Photography show was my first stop. Although no pictures were permitted, I did enjoy seeing the vast artistic displays. My next stop took me to the flower show, where I saw beautiful flowers. Some first place flowers were beginning to wilt; it was because they had been there since Friday. Goes to show you, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder artist.

Following the flowers, artwork, and photography on display, I checked out the rest of the festival. I passed by the pony and train rides, the Fun Slide, a Toon Fun House and more. In addition, I saw jewelry, purses, spice racks and other items for sale.

While I saw a variety of foods being offered, I soon found myself enjoying a chicken dinner. This year's estimated sale of chicken dinners is 25,000. Following my chicken dinner, I checked out the rest of the festival.

I went to Heritage Park where I walked around the track, looking at the tent cities set up to prep for the day’s Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. All the teams were gearing up, practicing, waiting to play, or already playing. Team fans cheered on the sidelines, encouraging their teams to victory.

My last stop was Worch Memorial Library where I checked out the Friends of the Library Book sale. There I saw mysteries, romance, history, biographies, youth, children, and adult books. It was fun browsing through the books.

The theme for the 2011 Versailles Poultry Days Festival was "Chick-A-Ritaville.” It ran Friday thru Sunday.

Having seen just a taste of the Versailles Poultry Days Festival, I left with the promise of returning next year. Still on my tongue and in my thoughts were the chicken dinner, the flowers, friendly people who gave good directions, rides, books for sale, and other aspects of the festival.

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