Fried Chicken Festival

Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival LogoGordonsville 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 18, 2019 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!

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:

Fried Chicken Contest:
1st place - $100
2nd place - $75
3rd place - $50

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

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

 **New for 2019, 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).

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!