Gordonsville is famous for its fried chicken and the heritage of local African-American women, known as “chicken vendors”, who brought platters of the delicacy to rail passengers stopped in Gordonsville during the 19th century, a renowned activity that, in 1869, prompted a local newspaper editor to bestow upon the village the title “Chicken-leg Centre of the Universe”.
To celebrate this unique cultural heritage, the town of Gordonsville is holding its 4th Annual Famous Fried Chicken Festival. This festival will feature cook-off contests for fried chicken and pies. Artisan crafters will also be on hand to sell their wares and there will be a wine garden for wine tastings and purchase. The main stage will feature live entertainment all day. Hourly drawings for prizes. Fried chicken and a whole assortment of food will be available for purchase.