Chicken Show A Week Out, Parade Entries & Cook-Off Participants Needed

WAYNE – The 39th annual Wayne Chicken Show will take over the community next week.

Chicken Show events will take place Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 all around town but specifically in downtown Wayne Friday, Bressler Park Saturday and on 2nd Street next Sunday.

The parade entry form was due by end of day Wednesday with the parade itself to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13. A parade lineup will be posted at no sooner than Wednesday, July 10. Printed numbers will be available at the info booth on Henoween or after 8 a.m. on the day of the parade at 1st & Pearl Street.

Categories include Best Theme Related, Best Children’s Category and Best Overall Chicken Related.

The parade route goes north from 1st & Main Street to 10th Street, then west on 10th Street and South on Lincoln Street ending at 7th Street past Bressler Park. All entries should be ready to roll by 9:15 a.m.

A new event will be the Chicken Cook Off held at noon on Saturday, July 13 at Bressler Park, according to marketing, events and tourism coordinator Abby Schademann.

“You cook your dish off-site,” said Schademann. “You can bring a 9X13 pan, just a very small recipe. Just enough for 3-5 judges and sample sizes for tasting later.”

The Wayne Chicken Show Committee is looking for participants to show off their chicken cooking skills. There is no cost to participate as entries must be at the southwest park shelter around 11:30 a.m. in order to set up for the event.

Prizes will be awarded for categories of best appetizer, best casserole, most unique dish and tastiest main/unique chicken dish. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Electricity will be provided to keep food hot (if needed) as category winners will also have their recipe featured in the Wayne Chicken Show’s upcoming cookbook.

For more information, or to enter, contact the Wayne Area Economic Development office at or call 402-375-2240.