Tuesday at the Clayton: Free public screening of poultry industry documentary

DAGSBORO – With an invitation from State Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro, the public is invited to Tuesday evening’s free showing of the new documentary: “Cluck, Pluck, and Luck: The Improbable Early History of Delmarva’s Chicken Industry.”

Producer/director Michael Oates of 302 Stories, Inc., will introduce the screening of his documentary Tuesday evening at the historic Clayton Theatre, located on Main Street in Dagsboro.

woody's diner now doyble's

The significance of Woody’s Diner, now Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville, is featured in the documentary: “Cluck, Pluck, and Luck: The Improbable Early History of Delmarva’s Chicken Industry.”

The 7 p.m. showing will be preceded by a 30-minute briefing by Greener Solutions LLC – a local company that provides poultry growers with a secure, environmentally friendly method for dealing with chicken mortality.

Admission to the briefing and the 66-minute film is free. Popcorn, candy, and beverages will be available for sale.

“Cluck, Pluck, and Luck,” takes viewers from a time when the Delmarva Peninsula south of Dover was isolated and most residents relied on subsistence farming to a time when chickens accounted for a multi-billion dollar industry.

According to Mr. Oates, what differentiates the broiler industry from other American industries is that “its growth and success were not driven by captains of industry, but by the hard work and shared values of anonymous subsistence farmers, African Americans, and immigrant Jewish businessmen.”

Through the film, viewers will learn about chicken smuggling and World War II blockades, the formation of the Eastern Shore Poultry Grower’s Exchange, new chicken house architecture after Hurricane Hazel, and the rise of Perdue.

The film was funded by the Delaware Humanities Forum; Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. and the generosity of its members; and Berkana, Center for Media and Education, Inc.

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