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Delmarva Chicken Festival Could Continue with New Sponsor

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP/WBOC) - The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce might step in to salvage the decades-old Delmarva Chicken Festival.

The Delmarva Poultry Industry announced this spring that this year's festival held in Queen Anne's County would be its last. The industry group had hosted the festival every year since 1948.

Salisbury Chamber President Memo Diriker says that the chamber is exploring taking over the festival. He says the festival is an important part of the regional economy. He says no final decisions have been made, and the Chamber hasn't named a date or location for the event.

In an Aug. 5, 2014 letter to the SACC, DPI Executive Director Bill Satterfield wrote,"We wish you well in blending a type of chicken festival into other community activities in Wicomico County and acknowledge with appreciation the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce's involvement in many years with the Delmarva Chicken Festival."

Chamber CEO Ernie Colburn says the event would maintain its longtime title of Delmarva Chicken Festival even with the new sponsorship. Colburn stated, "We are pleased as well as honored to move forward on sponsoring a Delmarva Chicken Festival  and commend DPI for its 65 years of event service to the Delmarva Peninsula." Colburn also stated the Chamber has filed the necessary paperwork to protect the name "Delmarva Chicken Festival" under the umbrella of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce "Tourism Network" will be planning future activities in cooperation with Wicomico County Tourism, Parks, and Recreation.
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