Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, is one of the most highly recognized figures in the world. Laurel County, Kentucky, located in the heart of the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest, is proud to be the home of the Colonel’s first and original restaurant established in the 1940’s. Lee Cummings, co-founder of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, also began his career in 1952 with his uncle, Colonel Sanders, in Laurel County.
The Annual World Chicken Festival is a tribute to this heritage. We invite you to our international celebration the last full weekend of every September, in beautiful downtown London. All the “egg-citement” and entertainment for four fun filled day makes this one of Kentucky’s largest festivals.
Official Festival Hours are:
Thursday | 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Friday | 10:00 am until 11:00 pm
Saturday | 10:00 am until 11:00 pm
Sunday | 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
London and Laurel County have been a crossroads for travelers ever since Daniel Boone led a band of brave pioneers through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. The early settlers were forced to battle Indians and dark forests, but today’s travelers find it much easier to reach Laurel County. Located at the intersection of I-75, the Hal Rogers and Cumberland Parkways, and U.S. 25, London is still a “Traveler’s Crossroads”.