brown hen on gray soilPhoto by Faris Subriun

In the quaint town of Fitzgerald, Georgia, there’s something truly special afoot – it’s the Wild Chicken Festival, a celebration of the town’s iconic Burmese chickens, who’ve been strutting their stuff since the 1960s.

This weekend-long extravaganza takes place right in the heart of downtown Fitzgerald and is completely free to attend. Kicking off with a lively street dance tonight, featuring the musical talents of Derrick Dove and the Peacekeepers, sponsored by the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council.

Now, if you’re looking for some tasty treats and entertainment, you can’t miss the festival’s lineup of street vendors, food trucks, and artisans market opening bright and early Saturday morning. And for the kiddos, there’ll be plenty of fun activities to keep them entertained.

But that ain’t all – the festival’s got something for everyone, from a Run for the Roost 5K, sponsored by the Cancer Coalition of Ben Hill & Irwin, to a good ol’ fashioned Crowing Contest, courtesy of Colony Bank.

And let’s not forget about the music! Throughout the day, you can groove to the sounds of Soulshine Acoustic Music, The Page Brothers, Anna Beth Gay, and Dallas Rogers. Plus, cap off the weekend with a soul-stirring performance by The Isaacs at the Historic Grand Theatre.

And as you’re enjoying all the festivities, take a moment to ponder the curious tale of how these Burmese chickens came to call Fitzgerald home. It’s a story of serendipity and resilience that adds to the charm of this unique Southern town.

So come on down and join the fun at the Wild Chicken Festival – it’s an event worth crowing about!

Wild Chicken Festival

Tifton Grapevine

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