GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — More than 20,000 are expected in Georgetown this weekend for the annual Delmarva Chicken Festival. The festival is returning to the Sussex County seat where it was first held in 1948.

The festival’s giant 10-foot fry pan will be the main attraction again, cooking more than three tons of chicken during the two-day event that began Friday and continues through Saturday.

The festival was first held in Georgetown as part of a national supermarket chain competition to develop a better chicken.

Organizers say the festival has only been held in the Georgetown area three times since then. The last time was 25 years ago. The event is designed to highlight the importance of the poultry industry to the region, where it provides employment for nearly 15,000.

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