LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, is one of the most highly recognized figures in the world.
Laurel County, Kentucky, located in the heart of the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest, is proud to be the home of the Colonel’s first and original restaurant established in the 1940’s. Lee Cummings, co-founder of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, also began his career in 1952 with his uncle, Colonel Sanders, in Laurel County.
The Annual World Chicken Festival is a tribute to this heritage. We invite you to our international celebration the last full weekend of every September, in beautiful downtown London. All the “egg-citement” and entertainment for four fun filled day makes this one of Kentucky’s largest festivals.
OFFICIAL FESTIVAL HOURS ARE:
Thursday — 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Friday — 10 a.m. until 12 a.m. (Midnight)
Saturday — 10 a.m. until 12 a.m. (Midnight)
Sunday — 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
London and Laurel County have been a crossroads for travelers ever since Daniel Boone led a band of brave pioneers through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. The early settlers were forced to battle Indians and dark forests, but today’s travelers find it much easier to reach Laurel County. Located at the intersection of I-75, the Hal Rogers and Cumberland Parkways, and U.S. 25, London is still a “Traveler’s Crossroads.”
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New this year to the 23rd Annual World Chicken Festival is “Light Up The Night In London’” an exciting new event, presented by Wildcat Harley-Davidson!
On Friday, Sept. 28 around 10 p.m. the night skies will light up over downtown London and the World Chicken Festival as over 5,000 firework shells burst into the night with the most elaborate firework show London has ever seen. This 20 minute show will be choreographed to music and will be broadcasted on Oldies 96.7 and relayed to all the stages and the public address system throughout the World Chicken Festival area in downtown London.
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Also new to the festival will be The ZOOperstars! Lovable. Outrageous. Zany. Unpredictable. Hysterical. Incredible. Unbelievable. All of which describe this crazy combination of animalistic superstars. — The act that millions of fans have fallen in love with … it’s the ZOOperstars!
The ZOOperstars! are hot! Their show will make all audiences crack up with laughter. They flip, they bounce, they shake, they dance and they just flat out JAM!
The ZOOperstars! will rock the house with routines that fans of all ages will love.
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Experience just what it was like in 1940 to dine at the Harland Sanders Cafe! The restaurant, where Kentucky Fried Chicken® got its start, has been carefully restored, and features the original kitchen where the Colonel perfected his Original Recipe® chicken.
Today, you can enjoy the same great taste of Original Recipe® chicken with its unique, mouth-watering, still-secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, as well as Extra Crispy™ chicken, prepared in our new state-of-the-art kitchen.
Enjoy a delicious meal in the Colonel’s original dining room and view Harland Sanders exhibits.
Yesterday’s standards are still today’s foundation for providing the best food and the best service in Corbin, and today, folks come from around the world just to “Eat Where It All Began!” From I-75 take exit 29, go south on 25 East for one mile, right on 25 West one-half mile.
Open daily 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.