Statements and Speeches

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) gave remarks at the opening ceremony of the 62nd Annual Delmarva Chicken Festival in Georgetown, Del. He discussed the poultry industry's long history in Delaware, its importance to the state's economy and what he and his colleagues in the Senate are doing to help this industry. A copy of Sen. Carper's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follows:  

"Welcome all of you to the 62nd Annual Delmarva Chicken Festival, and thank you for inviting me to be a part of the opening ceremony. It's wonderful to have the festival back in Georgetown where it began in 1948. It hasn't been in Georgetown for 25 years. I want to start by congratulating the Delmarva Poultry Industry and the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce for presenting and hosting this great event. I don't know how many of you here know this, but the chamber lost its office space and most of the contents in a fire recently. So, special kudos to Jeanne Dukes, Karen Duffield and the chamber staff and volunteers for making this festival happen when it's been difficult for them to even operate. This event is a festival to celebrate and publicize the importance of the poultry industry here on Delmarva.  

"For every Delawarean, there are 300 chickens. And our chickens are eaten not only here at home, but all over the world. I'd like to thank Perdue and Mountaire for their sponsorship and support here and throughout the industry and community. I'd also like to recognize and thank Allen Family Foods for supporting and growing and promoting this industry for almost a century.  

"Since before this festival even began, to today, the Delmarva poultry industry has grown to a multi-billion dollar industry supporting more than 100,000 jobs. Today and tomorrow there is an opportunity to celebrate that success and eat some chicken! I have been working closely with my colleagues from Delaware and Maryland, Senators Coons, Cardin and Mikulski, on issues that are important to the poultry industry. We are working together to do all we can to support Delmarva's poultry industry and make sure that this industry thrives now and in years ahead. In fact, yesterday, we all voted in favor of an amendment that would end the subsidy for corn-based ethanol, which hurts this industry by contributing to high gas and corn prices.  

"Thank you again to DPI, the chamber, the Town of Georgetown, all the event sponsors and volunteers who made this such a success. Thank you all for coming. Have fun and God bless!"