Contingency Plans Being Put In Place For 40th Annual Wayne Chicken Show, Decision To Be Made June 1

Contingency Plans Being Put In Place For 40th Annual Wayne Chicken Show, Decision To Be Made June 1
Front of Chicken Show shirt.

WAYNE – One of the largest events that Wayne Area Economic Development office helps coordinate has a potential back-up date selected, but wants to carry on.

The 2020 Wayne Chicken Show “40 Years of Egg-cellence” will be moving forward with the planning of the Chicken Show set for July 10 – 12, 2020 in Wayne.

The WAED office, executive board and chicken show committee has set June 1 as their date to make an assessment in coordination with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department.

Abby Schademann is the Marketing, Events and Tourism Coordinator with WAED and coordinator of the Chicken Show Committee. She said the groups wanted to plan ahead.

“If we were not able to hold the event due to social distancing guidelines or Directed Health Measures we decided to look further into the calendar,” said Schademann. “We know that August is going to be busy with everything going on and maybe hopefully by September things would have died down.”

If it is not possible to host the Wayne Chicken Show on the second weekend in July, then it would potentially be rescheduled to Saturday, September 12 for one big Bird Day Bash.

The one-day event would offer limited activities including the cement chicken auction, fireworks, Chicken Show run, omelet feed, parade, entertainment in the park, chicken cook off, National Cluck-Off, hard boiled or wing eating contest, egg toss and the egg drop/catch as of right now.

Participating groups and organizations will have an opportunity to integrate their events into the one-day schedule as much as possible.

Schademann added the group will be working on the typical stuff they normally do during this time.

“Finalizing entertainment,” Schademann added. “Finalizing everything that we work on. We’re going to start advertising that we have our cement chickens. Hopefully those will be coming in soon as well as our little chicks. So, if anybody is wanting to decorate those they’re more than welcome to contact the office.”

The 2020 Chicken Show shirts, designed by Katie Wynia, reflects 40 years of hens in a collage on the back of the yolk colored shirt. The front turns an early ‘80s shirt designed by Katie’s mother, Marla McCue, into a party. The 2020 Chicken Show t-shirts are currently available for sale at the WAED office and orders can be placed by contacting the office and arrangements can be made for curbside pick-up.

Back of of Chicken Show shirt.

Schademann talked more about the t-shirt design.

“The shirt is really cool,” Schademann mentioned. “It’s one of the original chickens in a birthday hat with balloons and confetti. Then on the back it’s all the different chicken designs that have been used throughout the years. So, pretty cool to go through and see which ones you can identify.”

The Chicken Show is in its 40th year and was first held in 1981. The Chicken Show 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.

Schademann is encouraging Chicken Show attendees to follow the social distancing guidelines now so everyone can get together with friends at one time.

“Be ready to celebrate all those birthday parties, other holidays that you may have missed by getting together at the Chicken Show,” said Schademann. “But also get ready to just celebrate crazy, cooky fun and throwback to all the different chicken shows that have happened over the last 40 years.”

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