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Fitzgerald- Love them or hate them the wild chickens are a part of the city's history.

"Fitzgerald is quickly becoming famous for the chickens which as you can see roam the town," says Festival Coordinator and Fitzgerald Jaycees Chairman Barry Pievey.

Over the years there have been efforts to get rid of them, but the birds definitely have their supporters.

"It seems to be the prevailing attitude for the chickens, but those that are against them are defiantly die-hard against them," Pievey says.

"If you like a garden and you like to keep a neat yard, they work against you. They scratch up the flower beds and scatter the pine straw."

But as the saying goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, or at least in this case honor them with an annual festival.

"We've got a lot of your usual festival food vendors, sausage dogs, funnel cakes, french fries, corn dogs," says Pievey.

The Fitzgerald Jaycees will hold their 3rd Annual Wild Chicken Festival this weekend. It will include events for the entire family.

"We've got a children's area with a rock wall, spider bungee jump, bounce tent, pony ride, face painting," says Pievey.

For the person who has the best imitation of one Fitzgerald's feathered friends, there will even be a chicken crowing contest. Festival activities will run from 9 to 5 Saturday.

Posted at 4:50 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com