The world’s largest frying pan, the world’s fastest chicken-picker, and the world’s most extensive chicken menu.
It’s time for the 62nd annual Delmarva Chicken Festival.
The annual homage to Gallus domesticus is this Friday and Saturday, June 17 & 18 in Georgetown, DE. It started as an adjunct to an industry meeting and competition for poultry growers. That event lasted just one year, but the local organizers realized the festival had a broad public appeal, so they announced a chicken cooking competition, and added a carnival, craft exhibit, home & trade show, and live entertainment. Traditional games like the egg toss and egg-and-spoon races were added for kids. An elimination round of the Mountaire Chickin’ Pickin’ Championship will test the nimble fingers of people picking and shredding of over-roasted chickens.
As a reminder of just how important chickens are to Delmarva, exhibits will focus on the 1700 chicken farms which produce over 500-million tons of chickens each year. You can watch chicks hatch in an incubator, check out antique and modern poultry equipment, and learn about the industry and the environment.
And, of course, there is food. Don’t even think about hamburgers. There are chicken pizzas, chicken cheesesteaks, chicken hot dogs, chicken quesadillas, chicken on a stick, chicken tenders, chicken BBQ, chicken wraps, and – of course – fried chicken. Sizzled to perfection in the world’s largest frying pan. Measuring 10 feet in diameter with an eight foot long handle, the current pan is a replacement for the original, which was retired a few years ago. Like its predecessor, it needs 180 gallons of cooking oil to fill it and can fry up 800 chicken quarters at a time. Between the two pans, they’ve fried over 200 tons of chicken in the past 60 years. Colonel Sanders would be proud.
The Delmarva Chicken Festival runs from 10-8 both days on the grounds of the Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown (which is where the first festival was held in 1948). Admission is free, but there is a $1 charge for parking. For directions, a schedule, and other information, www.delmarvachickenfestival.org.