FAIR FOOD IS THE BEST FOOD
There is a reason these chicken dinners sell out year after year at Poultry Days in Versailles. CONTRIBUTED
The festival’s famous barbecue chicken dinner is the main draw for Poultry Days — every year the event sells out of the specialty menu item, and no other chicken is permitted to be sold on the premises. Event planners warn to get there early to make sure you get your plate instead of leaving empty-handed. The dinner costs $9 and includes half of a BBQ chicken, Mikesells chips, a roll with butter, applesauce and an orange drink.
Dinners can either be enjoyed in-person at the dining tent and picnic tables or by carryout available at the festival’s four-lane drive-through.
The Versailles Poultry Days festival, one of Ohio’s oldest and most beloved festivals, took place Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, 2018. The festival far surpassed its 1 millionth chicken dinner milestone goal by selling 1,012,685 BBQ chicken dinners.
Credit: Tom Gilliam
Credit: Tom Gilliam
After enjoying your chicken dinner, try your hand at one of the many competitions offered at the festival. Competitions include Little Miss Poultry Days, Miss Chick Contest, the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Angel Food Cake Contest, Egg Contest, Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, Corn Hole Tournament and, of course, the Chicken Eating Contest. Head to the festival’s website to find out the full schedule of events and competitions.
SMALL TOWN FUN
If classic country fair activities are more your cup of tea, there are two parades: the Grand Parade at noon on Saturday and the Antique Car Parade at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Other festivities include music, food, beer, rides and more.
Here’s a Poultry Days throwback. Scenes from the 1953 celebration. CONTRIBUTED
BRING THE KIDS
A returning highlight of the fair is the free kids tractor pull event on Sunday at 1 p.m. Registration for the event begins at noon. But that’s not all the kiddos can get into. There are kids divisions for the art and photography show as well as the egg exhibits.
The Poultry Days Art and Photography contest is open to all photographers with cash prizes and ribbons up for grabs. This year, there is absolutely no fee to participate. There will be contestants in three categories — student, amateur and professional. Participants may enter their 2-D or 3-D art or photography for a cash prize. The best of show will be awarded an additional cash prize. To see rules, drop off and exhibit times, visit the website for details.
HOW TO GO
What: Versailles Poultry Days Festival
When: Friday, June 11 from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: 459 S. Center St., Versailles
Insider tip: If you can’t make the chicken dinner sales start times, you’ll want to arrive before 5 p.m. each day to minimize the chances of a sell out.
Parking: Side streets around the festival grounds
More info: Website | Facebook