Delta celebrates Chicken this weekend

Chicken will take center stage in Delta this weekend as the annual Chicken Festival is held Friday through Sunday. But the fun also includes rides, music, a parade and fireworks.

“The festival is 60 years old and going strong, organized and operated by an all volunteers staff,” said Kathy Miller, Delta Chicken Festival co-chair. “We have something for everyone at the festival including fireworks, bingo, sporting competitions, games, music entertainment, and of course some really great barbecue chicken.”

The fun kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a variety of food and activities. The headliner – chicken- will be sold from 5 to 8 p.m., with carry out in front of the high school and chicken dinners served in the food pavilion.

For those with other tastes, the milk shake and hamburger stand also opens at 5 p.m.

Also at 5 p.m., the midway opens with wrist bands for rides on sale from 5 to 10 p.m. Bingo and Big 6 also start at that time. Nuttin’ Fancy will perform at the Food Pavilion Stage.

At 6 p.m. baseball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments get underway.

The excitement will ramp up at 9 p.m. as Friday’s headlining music act, The Menus, will perform. They are on stage on Panther Pride Drive until 12:30 a.m. with a half hour break in the middle. That break is for the fireworks display, which will begin at 10:30 p.m.

Saturday starts with the Delta Chicken Run. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with fun run at 7:30 a.m. and the 42nd Annual 5K Chicken Run starting at 8 a.m. The American Legion Pancake Breakfast is also at 8 a.m.

Sports competitions continue Saturday with soccer and volleyball tournaments also getting underway. Musical performances on Saturday include the Delta Community Band and Tony Godsey Band on the Food Pavilion Stage and Noisy Neighbors on Panther Pride Drive.

The centerpiece of the fun on Sunday is the Grand Parade. The parade with a theme of “Family and Farming Through the Generations” starts at 2 p.m. Vernon Mull will serve as grand marshal of the parade.

Sunday starts with the 28th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. The baseball tournament championship games wrap up the festival from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

“Proceeds from the Delta Chicken Festival benefit the Delta Park, and we will be building a new shelter house next the the football field with the 2015 proceeds,” said Miller.

“Come out to the Delta Chicken Festival to spend quality time with family and friends,” she added.