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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) –Spring is approaching, flowers are blooming and in Fitzgerald chickens are preening their feathers in anticipation of the wild chicken festival.

It's a fun, colorful event that celebrates Fitzgerald biggest band of renegades, wild chickens.

In Fitzgerald, you can't go far without seeing a chicken.

"You know around here its kind of gotten like seeing squirrels anywhere else its just a regular occurrence," said Barry Peavey, Chairman of the Wild Chicken Festival.

In fact, most of the town has grown accustomed to the hundreds of wild chickens that roam the street.

"You'll see them in yards, on the streets, we have one that lives in the intersection and he sort of takes ownership of the intersection in the afternoon," said Peavey.

The chickens have provided inspiration for the town's "Wild Chicken Festival" and this weekend, the event will celebrate it's 10th year.

"It's just a good old fashioned festival with a 5k, a wing eating contest, a chicken crowing contest and a beauty pageant," said Peavey.

The event which kicks off Friday night, will include several events including fun "Chicken" themed competitions.

"The wing eating contest is just a riot people get all covered with the wing sauce," said Peavey.

Folks can also give their best "rooster crowing impression"

"There are a lot of kids really good at crowing so sometimes its very hard to judge it," said Felecia Young, a judge for the competition.

But these creatures are not only good for a morning wake-up call, but for the local economy.

"We had about 7,000 attendees I understand we had about 150 hotel rooms booked up," said Peavey.

Organizers say the event is focused on children, and it's a great place to enjoy family time.

"If they are like mine they have been cooped up all winter its time to get them outside to enjoy and any parents that come just a word of advice bring extra money," said Peavey.

So whether you love them, or hate them, there is no denying they are good for something in Fitzgerald.

On Friday there will also be a special sky diving event at the airport where sky divers will attempt to break the state record which was set in Monroe Georgia and has stood since 1997 with a record of 64 people in free fall together.

Event organizers are hoping to see between eight and nine thousand people at this year's festival.

To find out more information on the event click here

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