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Gizzard Fest in Potterville is back after a four-year hiatus

Exploring Gizzard Fest
Posted at 4:49 PM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-12 10:53:38-04

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — If you've been craving deep-fried chicken gizzards, you're in luck because Gizzard Fest in Potterville is back and in full swing.

After a four-year hiatus, the festival will run Friday through Saturday. It includes live music, more than 50 vendors, a carnival, car show and, of course, chicken gizzards.

Frying chicken gizzards
Frying chicken gizzards

The kitchen manager of Joe's Gizzard City, Samantha Forist, said it feels great to be back in the kitchen on the first day of Gizzard Fest. She said she's probably going to sell more than 500 gizzard bins today.

The kitchen manager of Joe's Gizzard City, Samantha Forist, said it feels great to be back in the kitchen on the first day of Gizzard Fest. She said she's probably going to sell more than 500 gizzard bins today.

"It feels great, but it's crazy. It gets so crazy, but it's a good time, though," Forist said.

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Gizzard Fest 2021

Gizzard Fest Committee member Brandy Hatt said they expect to see more than a thousand people over the two days.

Alexis Willis has been attending Gizzard Fest since she was a baby and said the four-year hiatus was disappointing.

Alexis Willis has been attending Gizzard Fest since she was a baby and said the four-year hiatus was disappointing.

"It was really exciting, like when I found out Gizzard Fest was coming last year. I was really excited, but then, unfortunately, COVID happened, so it's really exciting that we get to do it this year," Willis said.

Many people said they enjoy watching the gizzard eating contest where contestants eat a pound of gizzards. That will take place on Saturday.

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Chicken gizzards from Joe's Gizzard City

Others like Austin Ferris enjoy the community aspects of the festival.

"Just being around people and just experiencing Gizzard Fest," he said.

Getting food at Gizzard Fest
Grabbing food at Gizzard Fest

Gizzard Fest is a go for next year and will take place on June 10 and 11, 2022.

For more information about the different events at Gizzard Fest this year, click here.

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