Cement Chicken Artists Needed, Money Raised Assists With Next Year’s Chicken Show Events


WAYNE – Artists looking to decorate this year’s cement chickens will still have that opportunity to create their masterpiece even though the Wayne Chicken Show has been postponed until this Fall.

A limited number remain from the 24 cement chickens and 10 little cement chicks which were brought to the Wayne Area Economic Development office from TLC Country Floral near Hooper, Nebraska.

Abby Schademann, event coordinator for the Wayne Chicken Show, said money raised from the cement chicken auctions help fund next year’s events.

“All of our activities are free and that money is used to help put those events on,” said Schademann. “So, you never have to pay money to come to the Chicken Show except for your fun things like food and Clucktibles.”

The 2020 theme is “40 Years of Egg-cellence” and Schademann added they offer different photos from the last couple years of cement chickens they have on file.

“So, if you’re looking for anything specific from a specific year, we can help provide that,” Schademann added. “But otherwise we have the list of themes for the last 40 years that you can kind of play off of as well.”

No deposit is required to pick up the cement chickens to decorate them but the office will give you a call the week prior to June 30 to see how it’s going. The cement chickens will need to be returned by June 30 to make sure they’re properly sanitized as they’re looking at an option of hosting a virtual cement chicken auction.

A group met with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department last week and made the decision to postpone the Chicken Show.

“Just to kind of help postpone things and looking at different ways we can help people to social distance,” said Schademann. “Hopefully a one-day event will help with all that.”

The same group will meet on August 1 to make another official decision if the Chicken Show will be held on it’s new date of Saturday, September 12.

Schademann mentioned the chicken show committee will continue to plan for September and want to make the second weekend of July notable.

“In a small way,” Schademann mentioned. “We can’t do the full chicken show event but we are looking into virtual events that we can do that second weekend in July. So, look for more information on that but we’re just going to be planning and brainstorming different ideas.”

The Chicken Show Committee will plan on meeting Monday, June 8 in-person to further discuss event details.

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