Poultry Days festival partially canceled

last updated 07/28/2020
Poultry Days festival partially canceled

Poultry Days festival in Darke County has canceled the social portion of its events, scheduled for August 14-16.

Poultry Days festival partially canceled

Poultry Days festival partially canceled

The Poultry Days festival board has said in a statement that Governor Mike DeWine’s mask mandate could not be followed reasonably and the cost involved with social distancing was too great.  In response, social portions of the festival have been canceled, including live entertainment, rides, 5K and adult beverages. 

Full statement follows:

In response to additional restrictions announced by the governor Poultry Days has canceled the social portion of the August 14-16th festival. The Governor's mask mandate cannot be reasonably adhered to and there is potential for additional restrictions. In addition to the cost involved with social distancing, the potential for additional restrictions creates a situation where the festival might be cancelled or even shut down mid-festival. This scenario would have an enormous financial impact on the festival and our community. Poultry Days uses its annual festival proceeds to operate and maintain Heritage Park, along with financially supporting numerous local organizations. It is the board's fiduciary responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the festival's longevity.
We want to emphasize the support and guidance the Darke County Health Department has provided to the festival. The decision to cancel live entertainment, rides, 5K and adult beverages was made by the festival board. The board extends its appreciation to the Darke County Health Department, Versailles Board of Education, Versailles Band Boosters, YOLO, Village of Versailles and our numerous partners, sponsors and volunteers.
Chicken will be sold via a drive thru all weekend and the Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days pageants will be held. Poultry Days began with a chicken barbecue and Miss Chick and those traditions will continue. The drive thru chicken line will be at Heritage Park with sales 3:30-8:00pm on Friday, 11:30-7:30pm on Saturday, and 11:00-7:00pm on Sunday. Individual dinners will be available with tickets sold in the drive thru or presale at Johns IGA, Versailles S&L or Second National at Versailles. The board has placed an order for 20,000 chicken halves and we expect to sell out. Order your cooler online or come early for individual dinners. Please enter the chicken line from the North on Klipstine Road to purchase individual dinners or pick up your coolers.
We encourage everyone to make plans for the weekend. Our hope is that bulk sales will allow for backyard gatherings, barn parties, picnics and family trips. 20 chicken halves (no sides) can be purchased for $130 packed in its own cooler and ready for pickup. If unopened these coolers can stay hot up to five hours. When placing your order at versaillespoultrydays.com indicate the day and time for picking up your order. If two or more coolers are purchased, they can be delivered by noon on Friday, August 14th within 25 miles of Versailles. FREE delivery is only available on August 14th. There has been a tremendous response with over 6,000 halves already sold.
The Poultry Days festival is rooted in 69 years of community and family involvement. The festival has always been about neighbors, family, friends, classmates, and community coming together to socialize and enjoy everything that Versailles has to offer. The circumstances of 2020 will not change that. Even though we will not be able to host a large gathering on the festival grounds, we encourage the community to still responsibly embrace the spirit of the Poultry Days Festival. Get out your chicken decorations. Invite your friends and neighbors over. Set up lawn chairs and games for the kids. Rekindle old friendships. And most importantly, enjoy that World Famous Poultry Days chicken!

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