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Updated: 7/06/2013 9:19 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It might not be the healthiest thing for you but if there is one thing we can all agree on: fried chicken is a staple here in the South.

"Fried chicken is just a symbol of the South," adds Cory Hill, Falkner resident. "Anybody who lives down in Mississippi knows you got have good fried chicken."

"The flavor [and] most of all, the taste," added O.D. Collins, Battle Creek, Michigan resident. "No matter how it's fixed, whether it's fried, grilled or boiled, any kind of way chicken is good."

With fried chicken in high demand especially on this day, that means those who can prepare it are hard at work making sure customers leave with what they came in to purchase.

"On this particular day we're going to cook a whole [lot] of it," adds Patrick Verner, store leader at Dodge's Chicken. "We know people are looking around for it, being National Fried Chicken Day, especially around lunch time or meal time we have it baked fresh and ready to go."

Anyone who knows how to cook and prepare fried chicken will tell you it takes anywhere between 25 and 30 minutes. After a half hour, you're ready to indulge yourself in fried chicken.

"They even tell you when you going to die, you need to eat something that you actually like every now and then," adds Vanshod Watson, cook at Dodge's Chicken. "You're not going to make it if you don't. If chicken is something you really want, that's what you like, you got to eat it."

"The taste is in the skin and it makes it just mouthwatering all the time," said Collins.

For those who eat fried chicken at least once or twice a week, there is even sentimental value.

"Just reminds me of home," adds Hill. "You know, my grandmother and family. Just makes everything feel like your back at your grandma's house."

A popular side dish for the best finger-lickin' day of the year are buttermilk biscuits.

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