Chamber Banquet Auctions Raise Over $7,500, Traditional Chicken Show Returns July 9-11

WAYNE – Assistant Director, Irene Fletcher Mock along with Marketing, Events and Tourism Coordinator, Abby Schademann joined the ‘View from Wayne America’ in late May talking about the recent annual banquet and previewing the 2021 Wayne Chicken Show.

Most of the 320 tickets were used during the 2021 Wayne Area Economic Development Annual Banquet from the Beaumont Event and Concert Hall on Sunday, May 23.

There were 32 desserts donated which raised $4,035 and funds from the third annual dessert auction will be used for a trail enhancement project that is still to be determined. Also, another $3,580 were raised from the 63 donated items in the silent auction with funds assisting two Wayne State College scholarships.

The theme was Community in Unity, according to Fletcher Mock.

“I think that does say a lot for Wayne Area,” said Mock. “So, we were able to recognize those businesses and citizens who contributed to that, particularly in the past year and so it was a lot of fun.”

The 2020 Most Valuable Patron was awarded to the Wayne Public Library; the 2020 Business of the Year went to Magnuson Hopkins Eyecare, the 2020 Educator of the Year was Monica Jensen and the 2020 Citizen of the Year was Sandy Brown.

Nominations for the 2021 awards will be available towards the months of November and December.

Also, in just over a month will be the 41st Wayne Chicken Show Friday, July 9 – Sunday, July 11. Schademann added this is a free event to attend.

“This year’s theme is Wayne America’s Chicken Vacation,” Schademann added. “It’s a little bit of a play off of National Lampoon’s Vacation. But its what vacation means to you. So, definitely interpret that how you’d like.”

Friday’s event will return to downtown Wayne with live music provided by Good Morning Bedlam playing at 3rd & Main at 8:30 p.m. The cement chicken auction will begin at 7 p.m. with the ‘World’s Largest Chicken Dance’ prior and fireworks around 10 p.m. in early July.

Saturday’s schedule will be highlighted by the parade at 9:30 a.m. with activities taking place at Bressler Park including the little chick cement auction at 1 p.m. Sunday’s Car Show has changed a bit and will be held at 2nd Street (Near Johnnie Byrd) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Businesses received sponsorship information, business shirt discount and parade information in late May. (check with office) There are still a few cement chickens to be decorated. Contact the WAED office at 402-375-2240 for more information and to purchase Chicken Show t-shirts or stop by State Nebraska Bank & Trust, Pac N Save, BankFirst, Elkhorn Valley Bank, Wayne Greenhouse, Swans and Tacos & More.

Cement Chickens should be returned to the office by July 1.

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