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World Chicken Festival underway in London

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The annual World Chicken Festival is underway in downtown London.

The event is a tribute to Colonel Harland Sanders and the 1st Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the area.

There are all kinds of chickens at the festival, both to eat and to look at.

The World's Largest Skillet is frying around seven thousand pieces of chicken for everyone to eat.

"It's been going great. We have a really good team. This team has put a lot into it. It's been seamless." Tyson Baker, who is helping to cook the chicken, said.

The ten foot wide skillet, filled with 300 pounds of oil, fries 600 pieces of chicken at a time.

The volunteers sell them just as soon as they are ready to eat.

"It's been going great! Been busy!" Eunice Hast, who is also serving up chicken, told Mountain News.

She says they sold 500 pieces by lunchtime.

All of the sales honor the legacy of Colonel Harland Sanders, but each sale also helps Souls Harbor Church. Part of the money goes toward the church building fund.

"We are a part of this to help our community and we're doing this as part of a fundraiser for new property." Baker said.

Chicken is not the only food for sale. There's plenty more for dessert.

"We have homemade brownies, all kinds of cookies to tempt the children, although a lot of men have been buying the cookies!" Sharon Storm, who is selling some of the tasty treats, told us.

People say the Chicken Festival keeps their stomachs full and a smile on their face.

We also learned it takes nearly 400 pounds of flour to bake seven thousand pieces of chicken in the world's largest skillet.

The pavilion is open until ten Friday night so there's plenty of time to get a chicken dinner. The festival runs through Saturday.

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