Whether loved or hated, Burmese chickens are a fixture of the Fitzgerald landscape, and The Wild Chicken Festival honors the unique residents that have been local attractions since the 1960s. The celebration of Fitzgerald's Famous Wild Burmese Chickens is free for everyone and is held in the downtown historic district of Fitzgerald. Events include a 5K walk/run, a wing eating contest, a crowing contest, an egg drop, arts, crafts, food and more.
The colorful birds arrived in town in the 1960s. Back then, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources stocked Burmese chickens all over the state as an additional game bird to be hunted like pheasant or quail. Flocks of chicks were released several miles from Fitzgerald at the Ocmulgee River. Populations of the bird never took hold in other areas of the state, but for some reason, they left the river and made their way to downtown Fitzgerald, where they have propagated and prospered ever since. The birds commonly wake people up in the morning, create minor traffic problems, and, some claim, even keep the bugs away.
Admission & Fees
Admission Fee $0.00
Concessions, Free Parking
Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Pets Accepted
Near Interstate Highway
Suitable for Ages
Fairs & Festivals, Free Things to Do