The History of the World Chicken Festival
In 1989 a vision from several individuals who loved their community of London Kentucky, started to discuss how to combine the county’s history, family entertainment, and nonprofit organizations into a new tourism event. Little did they know, that it would develop into one of Kentucky’s Largest Festivals. Famous chicken cookin’ entrepreneurs Colonel Harland Sanders of Sanders Café and Museum Kentucky Fried Chicken and Lee Cummings, of Lees Famous Recipe Chicken, worked side be side developing and mastering delicious fried chicken recipes. A fun fact most people do not know is these two chicken business men are family members. Col. Harland Sanders is Uncle to nephew Lee Cummings. These two men were the inspiration for developing the World Chicken Festival. It was important to start the festival in 1990 commemorating Harland Sanders 100th birthday.
On September 10, 1990 the festival filed to became an official nonprofit under the name World Chicken Festival Association, Inc. The objective of the festival shall be that of providing and holding annual festival on the streets of London, KY and to promote and encourage fellowship among patrons, visitors and citizens of the community and to promote the general welfare of tourism, manufacturing and retail of the city, county and surrounding territory. Also to demonstrate the resources of Laurel County and to do all things necessary to promote the same.