Delmarva Chicken Festival Proves Popular in Snow Hill, Maryland

Thousands of visitors to the 64th annual Delmarva Chicken Festival, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) and hosted this year by the Town of Snow Hill, Maryland, were treated to a wonderful summer weekend and plenty of information about Delmarva’s most important bird, the chicken, and the chicken industry.

This annual celebration of the Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken industry opened Friday morning June 21 in Snow Hill, an important locale in the history of the local chicken industry.  This family-friendly event drew guests interested in an affordable family outing where they could watch baby chicks hatching, learn more about how chicken goes from the farm to their tables, visit commercial displays and the arts and crafts show, enjoy plenty of free entertainment, play games and ride on carnival attractions, view scores of classic cars and trucks, and partake of chicken from Delmarva’s giant fry pan, the barbecue grills, and from other vendors.  The well-known giant fry pan, a popular attraction for visitors, was operated by the Snow Hill Lions Club.  Barbecued chicken, with its aroma and smoke permeating the festival grounds, was prepared by the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company.

During opening ceremonies, DPI President Jenny Rhodes welcomed visitors and talked about the economic importance of the chicken industry and the value it has to the Delmarva Peninsula.

Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin also stressed the importance of the chicken industry and said that the federal government partners are committed to helping the chicken industry grow.  On a personal note, he said he was going to try to help the industry with some chicken consumption at the festival.

Also participating were Delaware U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee.  Each cited the importance of the chicken industry to their states.

Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman welcomed visitors to his historic town and praised the town employees for preparing the town park and thanked the chicken festival committee for its hard work to get the event organized and facilities ready.

Following the opening ceremony, Senators Cardin and Carper used the backdrop of the chicken festival for a press conference to call attention to two new studies, one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and one by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that show progress is being made on water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay.  Senator Cardin said it was appropriate that “we are holding a press conference on environmental progress at the Delmarva Chicken Festival.”  He stressed the need to have sensible policies and good science on Chesapeake Bay programs.  He noted that is takes a long time to cleanse the bay.  Senator Carper made the point that “we can have a strong economy and a clean environment.”   U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin told the press conference that “we all understand that agriculture and the environment go hand in hand.”

The Delmarva Chicken Festival committee was chaired by Kemp Wills and Charlotte Cathell who worked with a team of community leaders to plan and operate the two-day event.  Representatives of the 2014 chicken festival planning committee from Queen Anne’s County, Maryland were on hand to take notes to aid planning of a successful festival in June of next year.

MidAtlantic Farm Credit was a proud sponsor of the 2013 Delmarva Chicken Festival!


Blog Source: Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

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