WAYNE – The Wayne Chicken Show hosted the first in-person Chamber Coffee since everything shutdown in March. The event was held at Bressler Park Friday, July 10, to allow for optimal social distancing. The Chicken Show Committee informed the community about what they can expect for their September 12th event.
Abby Schademann is the Chicken Show Coordinator and the Marketing, Events, and Tourism Coordinator for Wayne Area Economic Development (WAED). She described the perks of hosting Chamber Coffee and the importance of the weekly event.
“To talk about what their business is, what their organization represents and you know, what new opportunities they have for people and just really what’s going on, so it gives people a chance to learn more of what’s happening in the community,” Schademann explained.
The Chicken Show has usually hosted Chamber Coffee the weekend of the Chicken Show. They would typically inform people of the Chicken Show festivities taking place that weekend. This year, unsurprisingly, will be very different. There is no Chicken Show this weekend, they decided to postpone it until September 12. Instead of a three-day event, this year’s celebration will be condensed into one day.
This week’s Chamber Coffee reminded the community of several events happening this weekend in Wayne. The Catbacker Golf Tournament is this Friday and Saturday at the Wayne Country Club. The Wayne Farmer’s Market is this Saturday 9 a.m. till noon at the Wayne County Courthouse. Bressler Fest will occur Sunday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. at Bressler Park. Schademann alerted everyone that there are still two chickens that need to be painted . Also, there are t-shirts on sale for the 40th annual Chicken Show.
Since COVID-19 turned all our worlds upside down, Chamber Coffee has been streaming an hour-long version live on the Wayne, NE Facebook page called, Chamber Percs. Schademann talked about the practicality of streaming the weekly update on Facebook.
“I know a lot of our business employers have said due to COVID, they’re typically the only ones in the morning on Friday (at work),” she stated, “so they’re very thankful they can tune-in and still know what’s going on without having to attend.”