Snow Hill Hosts Chicken Festival This Weekend

SNOW HILL — The Delmarva Chicken Festival, an annual celebration of the importance of chicken on the Delmarva Peninsula, is set for its 64th run on June 21 and 22, in Snow Hill.

When the two-day family fun event gets underway at Byrd Park in downtown Snow Hill, there will be attractions for all ages. Highlights will include the event’s trademark giant fry pan that will be cooking tons of mouth-watering chicken throughout the festival. There will be many other chicken dishes, along with a tasty variety of traditional festival foods.

The youngsters won’t want to miss the carnival rides and games, baby chicks and other children’s activities, while the adults will enjoy an arts and crafts show, home and trade show and a custom car and truck show.

In addition, there will be educational displays focusing on chicken, a 5K run/walk, boat rides on the Pocomoke River, juggling demonstrations, a performance by the Worcester County Children’s Theater, a Snow Hill Biddy Babes competition for girls from 12 months to 18 years, and a variety of free musical entertainment.

Leading the list of musical headliners is The Volunteers, an ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band that will perform a free two-hour show from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 21. Other headliners will be The Honeycombs and WW2unes performing music from years past, the contemporary sounds of alexandshiloh, and blues music from The Tom Larsen Band. There will be sounds of the ’60s and ’70s performed by 33 1/3 and closing out the event will be an entertaining, spirited show featuring the well-known group, The Funsters.

The Delmarva Chicken Festival will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21. Official opening ceremonies are set for 11 a.m. Friday. The event will continue on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Admission is free and ample parking with free shuttle service will be available from marked parking areas.

For a complete schedule of festival attractions, visit or or call 800-878-2449 (856-9037 in Sussex County) for a printed event schedule.

The Delmarva Chicken Festival is sponsored annually by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI), the trade association for the meat chicken industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. The 2013 festival will be hosted by the Town of Snow Hill, the Snow Hill Chamber of Commerce, and the Snow Hill Chicken Festival Committee.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.