published Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Bird lovers flock to aviculture fair


by Laura Galbraith
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    Staff Photo by Gillian Bolsover-- Charles Welch holds a bird during the Southeast Tennessee Agriculture Society Bird Fair today at the National Guard Armory.

The stern military orders and yelling that usually goes on at the Tennessee National Guard Armory was replaced by chirps, tweets and squawks on Saturday as the Southeast Tennessee Aviculture Society’s spring show, fair and lecture series arrived in Chattanooga.

“The main object of this event is to raise awareness about parrots as pets,” said Matt Lea, the legislative liaison for STAS. “It’s also an opportunity for people who have pet birds to come and buy seeds at discounted prices, cages, supplies (and) toys.”

Even those without pet birds came out in celebration of Chattanooga Parrot Day.

“Our club has normally hosted an event in Cleveland, Tenn.,” said Mr. Lea. “This is the first time we’ve had it in Chattanooga. We wanted to bring more awareness to our area because there’s not really a lot that goes on in Chattanooga for bird owners.”

The event also held several lectures for parrot owners who wanted to learn more about their colorful pets.

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