Chicken Day in Annapolis
One of the most popular legislative functions in Maryland is the Chicken Day in Annapolis lunch, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Delegation, DPI, and this year with MidAtlantic Farm Credit. Held in the Lowe House Office Building, the event, in its 3rd year, has grown in popularity annually.
This year, 95 of the 188 members of the General Assembly attended, with representation from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City. As well, Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance and Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting, Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick Murray, and Comptroller Peter Franchot were there.
In addition, nearly 200 staff persons for House and Senate members enjoyed delicious barbecue chicken from Eming's in Bishopville, Maryland and fried chicken from Holly's Restaurant near Kent Island. By the end, nearly every morsel was consumed.
Eastern Shore Delegate Addie Eckardt, chair of the Eastern Shore Delegation, sported the chicken costume again this year and welcomed guests to the Chicken Day in Annapolis lunch, including Senator Rich Colburn, her opponent in the June 24 Senate primary election.
Legislators from every county plus Baltimore City attended the lunch. Seated are Delegate Susan McComas from Harford County, Delegate Tony McConkey of Anne Arundel County, Delegate Charles Barkley from Montgomery County, and Delegate Michael Summers of Prince George's County. Senator Barry Glassman of Harford County, finished with his lunch, visits the others while Delegate Joe Boteler of Baltimore County gets ready to enjoy his meal.
More than a dozen DPI members welcomed guests and engaged them in conversation, making sure they left better informed about the chicken industry than when they arrived. All who attended agreed it was a very worthwhile event and one that we will host next year when there will be approximately 50 new members of the House of Delegates and Senate.