LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The favorite part of the World Chicken Festival for me is the music. As a music lover (I can play a mean stereo!), the Chicken Festival provides me with the outlet I crave. The speakers mounted on the power poles on Fifth Street lend perfect opportunity to hear the music played over the city’s sound system as the festival setup begins on Monday and Tuesday. The balcony that overlooks Broad Street provides the ideal spot to move to the groove during short breaks in the workday. The “one, two, one, two” testing of the Stage of Stars, located just across the Sentinel’s parking lot echoes during Thursday, but the remainder of the festival delivers the varied talents of those taking the stage while the newsroom windows give a bird’s eye view. It is so difficult to concentrate on writing news stories when the temptation to get up and dance — or sing along at the very least — is overwhelming.
But today, the streets are clean and clear of the festivities, again marking the efficiency and planning that goes into this annual event. It’s back to business as usual, but the memories and anticipation will remain until next year.