WAYNE – In the past 39 years, this weekend would have been the annual Chicken Show but due to COVID-19 concerns, the committee postponed the event to September.
Although there won’t be the usually Henoween activities in the downtown area Friday evening, parade Saturday and Bressler park activities or Sunday events Friday morning chamber coffee returns this week. The theme for the 40th annual Wayne Chicken Show is “40 years of ‘Egg’cellence”.
Abby Schademann is the marketing, events and tourism coordinator with Wayne Area Economic Development and leads the Chicken Show Committee. She said the group is currently working through some other logistics to be at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
“We had to go in and chat with them at their meeting and then we’re just working some smaller logistics due to COVID,” said Schademann. “Like what buildings can be open or how many bathrooms are we going to need to bring in. Just kind of working through those, like according to the DHMs what we can and can’t do right now.”
The City of Wayne fireworks will also be scheduled for the evening of Saturday, September 12 from the Summer Sports Complex.
Schademann reminded those who attend the event will be condensed into one-day.
“We’re really hoping that we are able to host a parade,” Schademann added. “Hoping to have vendors, food vendors, all the classic chicken contests. We’ll have chicken crowing, the chicken flying contest as well as the egg drop/catch and the egg toss. Also, the National Cluck-off, hard boiled egg eating contest and the chicken leg contest.”
Visit chickenshow.com or like the 40th Wayne Chicken Show on Facebook. Staff will share different Chicken Show trivia facts, favorite themes, some unique stories and reminding everyone about the September 12 date.
Friday morning chamber coffee will also return on July 10 hosted by the Chicken Show Committee and WAED at Bressler Park starting at 10 a.m. For those who won’t be able to attend will have the option of watching on the Wayne, NE Facebook page.
“We will be outside and we’ll be able to be spread out and we’re encouraging everyone to wear their favorite chicken show shirt,” Schademann mentioned. “We’ll just kind of share some memories from the chicken show and talk a little bit more about what the past 40 years has been and how this event has grown to be our staple community event.”
Cement chicken auctions for both the large and small has also been moved to September 12 but those who returned their work of art will be featured each week on the social media accounts. There were also a few cement chickens remaining over the weekend that can be picked up at the WAED office (108 West 3rd St.). T-shirts can still be purchased through the chamber office by calling 402-375-2240 or stopping by.
Providence Wellness Center will be hosting a Wayne Virtual Chicken Run later this month. Participants will have from July 25 – 31 to run or walk the race distance and capture their time. Competitors can either run on the treadmill, trail, road, park, sidewalk or simply sun/walk around the house or yard. Once completed, times will be updated along with selfies and pictures the runners took themselves with their bib # to allsportcentral.com.
Registration fee is $25 which includes an event shirt, bib, the virtual run and all proceeds will go towards JBT Island Warrior (Jesse Titml) as he fights against Leukemia. Join the Wayne Virtual Chicken Run 2020 on Facebook to stay informed on event information. All are invited to participate as age groups range from 12 & under to 60+.
Registration opened July 1 and the end date to register would be the final day to finish the virtual run on July 31.