Annual Events

"Summer Nights in the Park"

The Development Authority of Ben Hill County, Georgia, and Ben Hill County Revolving Loan Fund are proud to announce their 1st annual “Summer Nights in the Park” event. We are excited to offer you a sponsorship opportunity with events that show Ben Hill County’s appreciation to its residents, business owners and workers. “Summer Nights in the Park” is scheduled to take place at our local Blue and Grey Park on June 14th, July 12th, August 9th and September 6th 2014.

At each event, we plan to:

  • Bring a variety of entertainment that will cater to all members of our community

  • Offer a setting for local entrepreneurs to make themselves more visible to the public, which we hope will result in business opportunities and, overall, growth in Ben Hill County; and,

  • Have representatives from local, state and federal agencies to enlighten the public as to business education and/or opportunities for those engaging in or desiring to open a small business

In addition, the August 9, 2014, “Summer Nights in the Park” event will be held during the tri-annual Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Grand Homecoming. More than five thousand (5000) former residents are expected to participate in the grand homecoming celebration. The Development Authority and RLF are actively seeking participation from the various classes, families and organizations that will hold reunions for the purpose of allowing the same the opportunity to congregate in the Blue & Grey Park. Hopefully, the various activities planned will result in profits for established businesses in the area.

Fitzgerald Wild Chicken Festival

Back in the 1960's, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources stocked Burmese chickens all over the state as an additional game bird to be hunted  like pheasant or quail.

These tiny, colorful birds resemble fighting game chickens, sporting  brilliant orange and yellow ruffs and gleaming black tail feathers.

Flocks of chicks were released several miles from Fitzgerald at the Ocmulgee River. Populations of the bird never took hold in other areas of the state, but for some reason, they left the river site and made their way to downtown Fitzgerald, where they have propagated and prospered ever since!.

Exotic and beautiful, Burmese chickens are also more athletic than your average chicken. According to one poultry resource, if caught in a fight, Burmese chickens move around and think out their moves, while other  breeds move straight into the fray.

Fitzgerald residents have a love/hate relationship with these wild birds. Some folks buy seed and feed them regularly; others chase them out of their yards and gardens with a broom and a few choice words.

Whether loved or hated, Burmese chickens are a familiar part of the Fitzgerald scene. They wake you up in the morning, create minor traffic problems, and, some claim, even keep the bugs away.

An annual festival celebrates these unique residents: The Wild Chicken Festival, held in the downtown historic district of Fitzgerald. For information, contact the Director of Tourism at, or on the web, Telephone 1-800-386-4642.

website: Fitzgerald Wild Chicken Festival

Harmony Jubilee
Celebrating A Legacy of Unity and Diversity

Fitzgerald, by nature of her founding, appeals to people from every state. At a time when the fires of hatred against Yankees still burned passionately in the hearts of most Georgians, a Union Soldiers’ Colony sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest only ten miles from the scene of the capture of the President of the Confederacy. That Colony, which became the City of Fitzgerald, made history peculiar unto itself - history unparalleled in our nation.

website: Harmony Jubilee