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Hall Tales, episode 5: Poultry capital of the world
Poultry monument
A chicken statue rises from Poultry Park in Gainesville.

Why did the chicken cross the road? That’s about the only question about the poultry industry not answered during this week’s Hall Tales episode with host Johnny Vardeman and guests Abit Massey and Mike Giles, both industry experts with the Georgia Poultry Federation.

This episode was recorded at the studios of 89.1 WBCX Gainesville, Georgia, located on Brenau University.

How the poultry industry came to be the Gainesville powerhouse it is today, where the new markets are coming up, what’s next for the industry globally — Johnny, Abit and Mike cover the waterfront in this episode.

Tune in later this month when we talk the history of Hall County agriculture.

Hall Tales is a podcast series produced by The Times that explores the history of Hall County from recent events to those beyond living memory. Episodes publish twice a month through December, when the county celebrates its 200th birthday.

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