Proposed bill would create official fried chicken festival in NC

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are hoping to get a bill passed that will create an official fried chicken festival in North Carolina, according to WTVD.

The event would be designed to celebrate fried chicken and held the third weekend in May starting this year, and then annually thereafter.

Representatives Elmer Floyd, James Boles, Josh Dobson, and C. Graham filed House Bill DRH40017-LG-6, which is entitled, Adopt State Fried Chicken Festival.

They aim to have the Fayetteville Fried Chicken Festival be a way to bring farmers, consumers, and cooks together to show off the best fried chicken that the state has to offer. It would be the first state-recognized fried chicken event.

It would also serve “as a great marketing and promotional tool for Fayetteville, surrounding communities, and the state,” according to the proposal.

The bill cites several reasons for the push including that fried chicken is one of the best-known poultry dishes and is a common staple in many Southern households.

It also states that North Carolina’s poultry industry has an economic impact of over $36 billion and produces more than 126,000 jobs.