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How Belfast was the Chicken Capital of the Northeast

How Belfast was the Chicken Capital of the Northeast

A story by Ralph Chavis from 1930s and 40s

Ralph describes his memories of the processing plants in Belfast

I remember summers driving up to Belfast with my family and staying at Colonial Gables. My father worked at the chicken processing plant. Belfast was the chicken capital of the world with Dekalb chickens, Penobscot Poultry and the annual chicken festival.