County Fair will have fireworks, chicken chase


Perdue Farms will bring a fireworks display and its Perdue brand mobile food truck to this year’s Wicomico County Fair through its sponsorship of the Aug. 17-19 event at WinterPlace Park.

The fireworks display is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m.

“We are honored to have Perdue Farms on board again this year as a sponsor and excited to participate in the Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge through this partnership,” said Zach Evans, Wicomico County Fair chair. “This is yet another example of our community coming together; and to not only celebrate our culture on the Lower Shore, but also to bring attention to and help combat a real issue that folks are dealing with every day.”

A partnership between Perdue Farms, the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Maryland Food Bank, the annual Challenge aims to create awareness and community engagement for hunger relief.

Fairgoers will have the opportunity to support the Strike Out Hunger campaign by stopping by the Perdue food truck, which will serve recipes featuring Perdue chicken to attendees.

All proceeds from food truck sales will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank in support of the Strike Out Hunger Campaign.

“The Wicomico County Fair has a long tradition of celebrating the importance of agriculture on the Eastern Shore, and this year’s event will provide a showcase to continue that tradition,” said Kim Nechay of the Perdue Foundation. “We’re thrilled to lend our support to the fair this year and use the platform for the community to come together and help our neighbors who face food insecurity.”

Additionally, Perdue will bring a number of its trucks that deliver products to customers in a “touch-a-truck” experience, which allows families and children to see what it’s like to sit in the cab of a big rig. Perdue Farms’ booth will highlight the company’s Commitments to Animal Care and Perdue AgriBusiness will feature various aspects of its diverse business.

The Maryland Agricultural Mobile Showcase, sponsored in part by the Perdue Foundation, will also return to the fair.

The showcase provides hands-on interactive learning activities featuring numerous Maryland commodities, including poultry production, nursery and landscaping, dairy cattle, and other areas of Maryland agriculture.

The unit targets all ages and backgrounds to offer a learning experience for any visitor. Guests will have the opportunity to “milk a cow,” try out the fruit and veggie riddle boxes, explore life in soil, measure their height in “horse hands” and more.

The Wicomico County Fair celebrates 82 years of fair traditions and is presented by Perdue Farms and the Pohanka Automotive Group. Admission is free. Visit to learn more.

Chase The Chicken

Can you outrun a “chicken?”

Find out at the Wicomico County Fair’s Chase The Chicken 3K Fun Run/Walk. This inaugural event is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, during the Wicomico County Fair at WinterPlace Park.

Prior to the run start, a “chicken” will be set loose on the course. Runners who cross the finish line before the “chicken” will receive a complimentary chicken dinner from the Lion’s Club 5-Foot Fry Pan.

Costumes are encouraged. Awards will be given for “Best Farmer” and “Best Egg” costumes.

Check-in and on-site registration opens at 8 a.m., and the run begins at 9 a.m. The majority of the course runs through wooded trails.

The run is open to all ages. Children ages 5 and under may participate for free with the purchase of an adult registration.

Early registration is $20 per runner; on-site registration is $25 per runner. All runners registered by Tuesday, July 31 will receive a race t-shirt voucher redeemable at the Fair’s t-shirt tent.

Registration is open now at

Participants are encouraged to stick around and check out the other fun attractions and events at the Wicomico County Fair.

For more information about the Wicomico County Fair, visit


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