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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thousands expected to flock to chicken festival



The giant frying pan, a staple at the Delmarva Chicken Festival, is loaded with poultry during last year's event. / CHUCK SNYDER/ BEACHCOMBER


Jun 16, 2011


from: delmarvanow.com


Written by Sarah Lake
GEORGETOWN, DE -- More than 20,000 people are expected to flock to Georgetown this weekend for the 62nd annual Delmarva Chicken Festival, a celebration of all things poultry.
"(We) are enthusiastically preparing for the return of the Delmarva Chicken Festival to our community," said Jeanne Dukes, festival chairwoman. "We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to our beautiful town while focusing on an industry that ... is an economic force within the Georgetown community and the Delmarva Peninsula."
Since 1950, the festival's main attraction has been chicken cooked in a giant fry pan. During the two-day event, more than three tons of chicken will be cooked in the 10-foot pan.
Chicken Capers, a competition for children, will be held Saturday and includes the Chicken Scratch -- a game whose objective is to separate money from chicken feed by scratching through a mound of cornmeal -- as well as a spoon race, egg toss and three-legged race.
Friends of the Georgetown Library is sponsoring the Chicken Festival Race, which includes a one-mile walk, a 5K race/walk and an adult/child walk.
Headlining this year's musical lineup is The Funsters, a 10-piece local band that plays a wide variety of music, ranging from Frank Sinatra to The Beatles.
Also performing at the festival are Joe Baione, a jazz musician; Touch of Brass, an instrumental quintet; The Stims, an acoustic band; Rick Huddle, a children's performer; The Delmarva Big Band; OH BOY!, a rockabilly tribute band; and the Baile Folklorica de Frankford dance company.
Chicken Meets the Chef will spotlight local chefs who will conduct two-hour cooking demonstrations, preparing two recipes featuring Delmarva-grown chicken.
The festival will also feature carnival rides and games, pony rides, a baby chick display, a home and trade show, an arts and crafts show, a healthy living expo and an educational exhibit.
read more at: http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20110616/ENTERTAINMENT01/106160361


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