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2020 World Chicken Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 4:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2020 at 4:35 PM EDT
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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The World Chicken Festival, which was scheduled to take place September 24-27, will not take place this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Chicken Festival in London celebrates the legacy of Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken. This year would have marked the 31st year.

“As a coordinator it really honestly saddens me to have to cancel that,” said Kelly Burton, coordinator for The World Chicken Festival. “It is going to impact our community just because it’s something that has been a tradition for so many years.”

While Burton is now the coordinator for the festival, her father, Ken Harvey, was the original coordinator of the festival saying this will not only impact the tradition of her family but an entire community.

“So actually The World Chicken Festival itself is a non profit organization. The reason we keep it that way is our food vendors particularly have to be nonprofit organizations. Some of these nonprofit organizations this is their largest fundraiser that they have. I know one particular nonprofit one year raised over $10,000.”

While the decision was not easy to make it was made to ensure the safety and health of volunteers, workers and attendees.

“It is too many variables, they are too many unknowns, there are too many unanswered questions and there are too many people who will not social distance,” said Kim Collier, Festival Coordinator for the World Chicken Festival. “Too many entrances and exits in and out of the festival.”

Unable to control the environment. “Based on the recommendations of our local health and safety officials and our executive committee we felt we had no choice,” said Collier.

Organizers do say, however, that they are looking into possibly hosting smaller events in the fall.

Plans for the 2021 World Chicken Festival are underway.

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