The Delmarva Chicken Festival kicks off its 60th anniversary celebration on June 19 and 20 at the 4-H Park with an exciting entertainment line-up for an estimated 25,000 visitors. The two-day event will feature two performance areas, one solely devoted to children’s entertainment. Performing headliners on the festival’s main stage on June 19 will include the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, Meg and Bryan, Flashback, and the Three Penny Opera. Additional entertainment will be provided by Small Fortune, Ray Owen, and more. For young visitors, there will be the clown magic of Snippy Doodles and dance demonstrations by the Dashiell School of Dancing, along with continuing children’s activities and a petting barn.
June 20 daytime entertainers will include Two for the Show, The Shoremen, and the Jones Boys. Evening attractions will begin at 6 p.m. with party music by Jack the Penquin followed at 8 p.m. by the well-known Paul Reed Smith Band. Attractions for children will include Tracy Eldridge performing children’s music, Cascading Carlos demonstrating juggling techniques for all ages, and on-going special activities.
Along with on-stage performances, the festival program will include music by the Pride of the Bay Barbershop Quartet that will roam about the festival grounds throughout the two-day event. There also will be a business and agriculture show, an arts and crafts show, and an antique car and tractor show. New to this year’s event is a Farmers’ Market that will offer fresh, locally produced agricultural products. Traditional festival attractions like Delmarva’s famous giant fry pan, an abundance of delicious food, a carnival, Chicken Capers, educational exhibits and the ever-popular baby chicks will be back on tap. To request a complete schedule of events, contact Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. at 302-856-9037 or 800-878-2449 or the Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism at 410-758-4418 or 410-604-2100.