Hinkelfest 2022, Lebanon County’s annual three-day celebration of all things chicken, kicks off on Friday, Sept. 16 at Fredericksburg Fireman’s Park on Route 343 (N. 7th Street) between Lebanon and Fredericksburg.

This year’s festival will be the 31st year for the event, which is backed by primary sponsors Bell & Evans and First Citizens Community Bank.

Chairwoman Sue Werner says the proceeds will benefit five Fredericksburg community organizations: Matthews Public Library, Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 915 Auxiliary, Fredericksburg Lions Club, and the Fredericksburg Community Association.

Each received $6,000 from last year’s Hinkelfest.

Chicken-based cuisine is always the top attraction at Hinkelfest. This year, chicken barbecue and chicken breast dinners will be $11. Lighter chicken treats, such as sandwiches, will be in the $5 to $7 range, according to Werner.

Friday night’s musical headliners will be the Mahoney Brothers, a tribute band covering popular acts. This will be their Hinkelfest debut. Saturday night will feature the horn-heavy Uptown Band, a favorite of past fest audiences.

(Hinkelfest photo)

Parking, admission, and entertainment will be free. This year’s complete schedule can be viewed here.

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