WAYNE – Following a one big Bird Day Bash on September 12, 2020, the Wayne Chicken Show Committee had a quick turnaround in preparing for the 2021 event back on its normal weekend.
This year’s 41st annual Wayne Chicken Show theme is “Wayne America’s Chicken Vacation” and will last from Friday, July 9 – Sunday, July 11. Henoween will take over downtown Wayne Friday evening starting at 6 p.m., Bressler Park will be the place to be Saturday from noon until around 4 p.m. following the parade and the Crowing Motors Car Show will conclude the weekend on Sunday on 2nd Street from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Abby Schademann, Tourism, Marketing and Events Coordinator with Wayne Area Economic Development is in charge of the Wayne Chicken Show Committee. She said the group has been crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s.
“We’ve had a lot of our cement chickens come back this week as well as we finalized our parade line-up,” said Schademann. “Yeah, we’ve just been gearing up for a great event. It’s the 41st annual Wayne Chicken Show and it’s going to happen rain or shine.”
For those wanting to know their number for Saturday morning’s 9:30 a.m. parade can visit chickenshow.com/parade. To get your number ahead of time they’ll be at the information booth Friday evening from 5 – 9 p.m. during Henoween or at 1st & Pearl Saturday morning. Over 100 entries have registered with additional parade entries being at the end.
Chamber Coffee will be held in the West 200 block alley of Main Street at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 9 with the Clucktique Market scheduled for 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Wayne.
The Wayne Police Department has put out a reminder that Main Street from 1st to 4th Street and half of each side street in the area will be closed from 2:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. for Henoween. Make sure to move your vehicle from this area before 2:30 p.m. Friday.
With restrictions from the pandemic starting to relax earlier this summer, the Wayne Chicken Show Committee wasn’t quite sure what this year was going to look like which also took a lot of community support.
“If we were going to be able to have it as normal or if we were going to have to make a few changes,” Schademann added. “As different Directed Health Measures loosened up, we knew that we were going to be able to have a Chicken Show from what we are used to.”
The ‘World’s Largest Chicken Dance will take place at 6 p.m. at 2nd & Main Street with on stage events beginning at 6:30 p.m. on 3rd & Main. The cement chicken auction will begin around 7 p.m., the hot wing eating contest at 8 p.m. and free entertainment from ‘Good Morning Bedlam’ at 8:30 p.m. ‘Light Up the Sky’ fireworks are also scheduled for 10 p.m. from the Summer Sports Complex as music can be heard on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com.
The Chicken Show was first held in 1981 and was founded by the Wayne Regional Arts Council and is held annually on the second weekend in July. The theme of “chickens” was chosen because the potential for art materials; most people have knowledge and familiarity with chickens and chickens can be considered with humor.
“Coming on our for a ‘Clucking’ good time,” Schademann mentioned. “If you are looking for any other information, we are on Facebook as Chicken Show, just search that or you can also go to chickenshow.com for more information.”
Contact the WAED office at 402-375-2240 with any questions.