Gordonsville is famous for its fried chicken, which was served to passengers of trains stopping in town during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by local women carrying platters of the delicacy on their heads. Nationally-known at that time, Gordonsville's fried chicken earned the town the nickname of "chicken-leg center of the universe".
To celebrate this special heritage, the Town of Gordonsville will hold its Famous Fried Chicken Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gordonsville Fire Company Fair Grounds. The event will feature a fried chicken and pie contest, wine garden, and numerous craft and artisan vendors. New this year, will be shuttle service from the fair grounds with stops downtown and at the Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum.
Join in on the fun at the Fried Chicken Festival and become a cook-off contestant! Brag about and show-case your family’s fried chicken recipe! Watch people’s mouths water in anticipation of your greatest pie yet! And best of all - in addition to gaining the ultimate bragging rights for the next year, you could win one of the following prizes:
Fried Chicken Contest:
1st place - $100
2nd place - $75
1st place by category (fruit, cream and custard) - $75
are available on the website. To enter one of the contests, click on the links below:
To reserve your spot as a wine or craft/artisan vendor, click on the links below:
Wine Garden Vendor Application
Craft/Artisan Vendor Application
We hope to see you at the festival!
For more information, contact David Solomon, Gordonsville Visitor Center Director, at 540-832-1735.