Poultry Days releases 2023 festival theme


VERSAILLES — Poultry Days is happy to announce its 2023 festival theme. This year’s festival theme is “Chilly Willy Wonka and the Chicken Factory.” This year’s theme is a play on the famous Chilly Willy orange drink included in each chicken dinner merged with the classic 1971 movie. Festival Chairman Matt Poeppelman said, “I chose a theme that community members and parade participants could easily visualize as part of their festival decorations. Along with that, we have a few big surprises related to the theme that will be revealed closer to the festival!”

Poeppelman has been on the Poultry Days Board of Directors for six years and is the vice president and co-owner of Poeppelman Materials and PEPCON based in Bradford. He is a 2003 graduate of Versailles High School and 2007 graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Poeppelman resides in Versailles with his wife Diana and children Jacob, Claire, and Grace. He and his family are excited for a safe and enjoyable festival for all.

A variety of floats are welcome and participation is encouraged. The Poultry Days Board is counting on everyone to make the parade fun and exciting. Parade registration will open several months ahead of the festival at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. Until then, email [email protected] with any questions.

The board is planning a full festival, including rides, parades, and a social tent. All bands have been booked and advance bulk chicken sales will begin in March. The 72nd Annual Poultry Days Festival will be held June 9 – 11. As one of Ohio’s oldest festivals, this event celebrates the area’s poultry-producing history. The board welcomes everyone to visit Versailles and enjoy the festival.

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