National Poultry Day
Poultry Day, celebrated on March 19th, honors this ancient animal husbandry tradition that has made any type of tasty turkeys, plentiful chicken, and eggs a staple on tables all over the world.
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Why National Poultry Day?
Sometimes the best things come from modest beginnings, and with Poultry Day, that’s how it happened. The holiday lasted just one day, beginning in a small town in Ohio named Versailles in 1951, and increased in popularity each year until 1962, which turned into a two-day event.
More visitors were coming each year, more varieties were available, and more activities were introduced. The current Poultry Day festivities are full weekend activities featuring everything from barbecue pits and beer tents to the biggest omelet pan in the world.
For the little town of Versailles, Ohio, Poultry Day is an extremely significant occurrence. Every year, for a brief weekend, the population of 2,687 swells to almost 52,000. This impressive influx of visitors has led to creating a 40-acre park known as “Heritage Park,” becoming the festival’s temporary home, with tents, wetlands, playing fields, and a walking track.
The money from the festival continues to finance the park and ensure that it is preserved during the year and contributes more than $700,000 over a 10-year time to major charities.
In the 16th century, it was assumed that chicken was introduced to American soil by European explorers. Little flocks were raised by most Americans, enough to feed their families. Over time, in the United States, chicken consumption has risen. And after the Second World War, because of the lack of beef and pork, the chicken came in to satisfy the demand for protein.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates poultry production in the United States. Estimates put that the production of Chickens in the United States is about 9 billion. The fat and cholesterol in chicken and turkey are smaller than in other meats.
How Can We Observe National Poultry Day?
By making your way to the home of the case in Versailles, Ohio, and joining in it right there, Poultry Day is celebrated. If that’s a ride for you, it’s time to start planning your celebration of Poultry Day with your family and friends.
Who knows, your city could become a significant mecca for those unable to enter Versailles, Ohio! Note that the day’s focus is poultry, so have lots of great meat and egg dishes. You might also consider having a little chicken farm in your back yard if you want to make sure that every day is Poultry Day.
There are many ways in which the poultry can be cooked, this includes roasting, baking, grilling, frying, sautéing, broasting and steaming. The chicken’s size usually decides the right style of cooking to use. You can celebrate poultry day by doing the following.
- With eggs and/or chicken as the primary ingredient, try a new recipe. The list is infinite.
- Visit the nearest farmers’ market to buy a dozen farm-fresh eggs or a free-range chicken if you don’t have your flock of backyard chickens.
- Watch old cartoons like the Foghorn Leghorn, one of the most famous TV ducks.
- With your kids, students, or friends, do the “Chicken” dance. Record it and share it on social media.
- Create your craft for chicken. There’s so much to try. Just look online
You post your photos with your others at home or the restaurant with your favorite poultry dish using #NationalPoultryDay and #PoultryDay on your social media platforms.
Interesting Facts on National Poultry Day:
- Poultry derives from the word poule in French/Norman, this originating from the word pullus in Latin, which means small animal.
- In the 16th century, it was assumed that chicken was imported to America by European adventurers. During World War II, chicken consumption in the United States grew due to a lack of beef and pork.
- Poultry is the world’s second most commonly consumed meat, accounting for around 30 percent of the world’s meat intake, led by pork at 38 percent.
- It is assumed that the first fowls raised by humans were for their entertainment benefit, not for their spicy wings.
- Chickens have 300° panoramic vision.
History of National Poultry Day:
Since history, chicken has been primarily used for consumption and cockfighting. The national poultry day celebrates how chicken also contributes to better pets and are more than just for culinary.