WAYNE – In less than two months another year in preparation for the Wayne Chicken Show will take over Wayne America.
This year’s theme is ‘Chickens Around the World’ and is scheduled for Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14.
Abby Schademann is the Marketing, Events and Tourism Coordinator with Wayne Area Economic Development. She said the cement chickens are in and the big ones have been auctioned off for over 20 years while the little chicks are in their third year after Nebraska celebrated their Sesquicentennial.
“They decided to something a little bit different and try to do a kid’s cement chick auction,” said Schademann. “That went over well, but we wanted to separated them since it did go on for a really long time. So, we wanted to do something a little bit different.”
For the big chickens, the office just needs some contact information and a signature and for the little chicks a $10 deposit just in case the artist likes it so much they keep it. The little chick auction will take place Saturday afternoon and all ages are welcome to decorate either chicken.
The WAED office encourages those who decorate a big cement chicken or little chick to return them by Monday, July 1. Money raised helps fund the free activities during the Chicken Show.
New this year will be a chicken cook-off event where Schademann added it’s not just one person cooking for 500 people.
“We are looking for cooks to bring in their best chicken dishes to Bressler Park (Saturday) at noon,” Schademann added. “We will have a team of judges judge them and then we will open it up to a free will donation tasting.”
The overall winner will receive a prize and to include their recipe in the chicken cook book during the 40th annual Chicken Show next year. Contact the office to sign-up.
The t-shirts, designed by Stadium Sports are $18 for youth sizes – adult XL and $20 for adult 2X – 3X.
A flea market and sidewalk sale will open the weekend on July 12 at 8 a.m. in downtown Wayne along with Friday morning Chamber Coffee being held in the 200 block alley at 10 a.m.. Other Friday night activities include the World’s Largest Chicken show at 6 p.m.; large cement chicken auction at 7 p.m.; hot wing eating contest at 8 p.m.; free entertainment provided by the Mini Moccasins Dance Troupe Group at 8:30 p.m. leading up to the Light up the Sky Fireworks at the Summer Sports Complex around 10 p.m.
Stop by the office or visit chickenshow.com to fill out the 39th annual Wayne Chicken Show parade entry form. Cost is $5 to enter and is due by July 1. The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on July 13 with chicken show contests beginning at 1 p.m. from Bressler Park.
Sunday will feature the Crowing Motor car show from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. when the Last Cluck Poker Run takes off from 1 – 6 p.m. on July 14.
Also, call 402-375-4803 for those interested in participating in the Wayne Classic Men’s USSSA Softball Tournament all weekend long, call 402-375-3150 to join in the Cluck Cluck Golf outing and register online at allsportscentral.com to race in the 5K Chicken Run Saturday morning.
There was no Friday morning Chamber Coffee on May 24 due to Memorial weekend as the next host will be Rath, Walling and Associates on May 31 at 10 a.m.