Kentucky heritage celebrated with chicken festival

January 7, 2012 by  

Dates for the 23rd annual chicken festival in downtown London, voted one of Kentucky’s top ten events, have been announced for fall 2012.

The four-day festival will run from Sept. 27 to 30 and pays homage to one of Kentucky’s famous sons, Colonel Harland Sanders, who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 1940s. With his thick white hair, white goatee white suit and black bolo tie, Colonel Sanders is one of the most recognized figures in the world. His deep fried southern style chicken, made with a secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, was invented in Laurel County, Kentucky.

Events during the festival, traditionally held on the last full weekend of September every year, include the 5k Run for the Roost, the “Chick-o-lympics”, a clucking contest, a hot wing eating contest, the “Redneck Games” and more. London area printers always have lots of fun with the official festival stationery printing and designing the event brochure in preparation for the tongue-in-cheek, finger lickin’ good event.

There will be entertainment on several outdoor stages for both young and old. Attendees are invited to tour the Colonel Sanders Museum.

Aside from being the birthplace of KFC, the London and Laurel County area has another historical claim to fame. Located at the modern day intersection of I-75, the Hal Rogers and Cumberland Parkways and U.S. Highway 25, the London has been a crossroads since the days of the legendary Daniel Boone, a brave Kentucky frontiersman who led a group of American pioneers into the State through the Cumberland Gap. They fought Indians and navigated tall, rugged forests.

More information about the festival can be found at