Fried Chicken Festival

Gordonsville is famous for its fried chicken. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, local women carrying platters of the delicacy on their heads served it, along with pies and coffee, to passengers of trains stopping in town. 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, October 2, 2021 from 11 am -  5 pm 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.  This is a rain or shine event!

There is no cost to attend the festival, but there is a $5** fee per person to enter the wine garden.

NO DOGS PERMITTED AT THIS EVENT: We love pets, and we know you love yours. However, we ask that you leave your pets at home as they are not permitted at this event (service dogs excluded, of course).

Cook-off Contest

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:

2019 Fried Chicken Contest Winners:
1st place - $100          Winner:   Home Fried (Vincent Seal)
2nd place - $75          Winner:  Taste of Hope (Lynna Vazquez)
3rd place - $50           Winner:  Place 3Bs  (Vince Pavone)

2019 Pie Contest Winners:
1st place by category (fruit, cream and custard) - $75

1st place fruit pie winner:  Fonda Paynter
1st place cream pie winner: Stephanie Khani
1st place custard pie winner: Anthony Gilyard

Cook-off guidelines are available on the website. To enter one of the contests, click on the links below:

Fried-chicken contest
Pie contest

To reserve your spot as a wine or craft/artisan vendor, click on the link below:

Craft/Artisan/Wine Garden Vendor Application
**Contest fees, vendor registration fees, and wine garden entrance fees may be paid online through using code #37828** (entry to the Wine Garden will be permitted upon showing your purchase confirmation code to personnel at the wine garden entrance). Please note: there is a convenience fee charged for each transaction on PayGov. The fee is $1.00 for any transaction under $33.00, and 3% for each transaction over $33.00. 

For more information, contact David Solomon, Gordonsville Visitor Center Director, at 540-832-1735 or email David at

We hope to see you at the Festival!