World's Largest Skillet
Delicious fried chicken dinners are served from the benchmark feature of the festival — The World’s Largest Stainless Steel Skillet. The skillet is operated by World Chicken Festival volunteers and has served more than 120,000 fried chicken dinners since its inauguration in 1992.
The world’s largest known frying skillet was manufactured by London Bucket Co., Inc. in September 1991, and donated to the World Chicken Festival. The burners and firing system were manufactured by Bakery Machinery, Inc., operated by Rockwell Industries, “Rocky”.
In 1999, a new skillet was constructed, manufactured by Logan Steel and Jeff Williams Welding.
Fun Facts About the Skillet
10 feet, 6 inches in diameter; 8 inches deep; 8 foot handle; and weighs 700 pounds total.
11 gauge, hot rolled stainless steel; divided into four cooking sections; mounted on a steel frame.
Requires 300 gallons of cooking oil to fill. Can cook 600 quarters of chicken at one time.
Cooking 7000 pieces requires about 375 pounds of flour, 75 pounds of salt, 30 pounds of pepper, 30 pounds of paprika, and the World Chicken Festival’s special ingredients.
About 60 gallons of Natural gas (more than an average family would use in a year) are required to cook 7000 pieces of chicken at temperatures between 325 and 350 degrees.
Pavilion Hours & Info
The Pavilion is located at Ninth and Main Streets.
Noon until 10:00 PM
11:00 AM until 10:00 PM
11:00 AM until 10:00 PM
Closed. No Sunday serving hours.
Dinners are served by local volunteers from Souls' Harbor Church as a fundraiser. Drinks are provided by North Laurel High School Girls Softball as a fundraiser.
Fried chicken dinners cost $9.00 per dinner and include 1/4 chicken, potato salad, baked beans and a roll. Chicken snacks are $7.00 and include 1/4 chicken and a roll.
Rides & Games
The World Chicken Festival offers family fun for everyone! Get your thrills and chills on the many “egg-citing” carnival rides and games. The midway features a wide variety of rides to accommodate most levels of thrills that festival goers seek.
From a safe and secure Kiddy Land to the high rolling rides for teens and adults, the midway has something for everyone.
Rides require the purchase of tickets or armbands.
Grand Festival Parade
The World Chicken Festival Grand Parade is held on Saturday at 10:00am during the festival. Grand Parade festivities begins on Main Street in beautiful downtown London, Kentucky. Grand Parade contestants are judged and awarded in the following categories: business; civic-club-organization; religious organization; youth club-organization; and most creative. Awards are presented Saturday night on the Stage of Stars on Broad Street.
The grand parade organizes and begins at 17th and Main Streets, just north of the festival, and ends at Carnaby Square Shopping Center, just south of the festival. In the event of bad weather, officials may delay startup one hour, or cancel without rescheduling. Radio stations will make announcements as well as festival committee over public address system on Main Street. Should weather cancel Saturday’s parade, it will be re-scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
The parade theme for 2017 is 1990 Throwback! If you have any questions about the Grand Parade festivities, or would like to participate, you may call 606-878-6900 or 606-344-1748.
How to Enter the Parade
The application package below includes the parade entry form and the official rules for entry. You must agree to the World Chicken Festival Parade Rules and Regulations when you submit your entry form!
2017 Parade Grand Marshals
Tim McFadden was born in 1949 in London, Kentucky. He graduated from London High School in 1967. He served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1973. Tim has been married to his wife Brenda since 1984. He has two daughters; Chasity Banks and Rachel McFadden. Tim also has two grandchildren; Taylor and Kenton Banks.
Tim was employed by the United States Post Office in Corbin, Kentucky for 35 years. He has worked with the World Chicken Festival in various roles for most of the 28 years of its existence. Tim started his work with the festival by working with his mother, Joy McFadden, on the parade and being integral in building the first World Chicken Festival parade float. Tim was also the very first Kentucky Clucky for several years and traveled to various festivals in the state promoting the World Chicken Festival in its beginning. Tim is the Concessions Chairman and has been in this role for the past several years. In addition, he is also the 2017-2018 President of the World Chicken Festival Board of Trustees.
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