Day One Of Chicken Show Concludes, Parade Begins At 9:30 Saturday Morning


WAYNE – The 39th annual Wayne Chicken Show took over downtown Wayne America Friday evening.

After the morning kicked off with Friday morning Chamber Coffee and the Clucktique Sidewalk sales it was onto the evening fun.

The World’s Largest Chicken Dance stole the show at 2nd & Main led by the Wayne High and Wayne State College cheerleaders. Community members packed the intersection and danced like chickens.

Food, games for the children including inflatables and craft vendors were also set up around Main Street.

On stage activities featured the Wayne Dance Company and Twin Rivers Taekwondo; large cement chicken auction; saucy hot wing eating contest and free entertainment from Many Moccasins Dance Troupe.

Marketing, events and tourism coordinator with Wayne Area Economic Development, Abby Schademann said the Many Moccasins is a local Native American dance troupe.

“When we came up with the theme of Chickens Around the World we decided to reach out to them because we thought they were a perfect fit,” said Schademann. “They were available and we decided that we wanted them to definitely come and attend the 39th annual Chicken Show.”

Light up the Sky Fireworks were also displayed Friday evening.

Saturday will begin with the parade at 9:30 a.m. and moving into afternoon activities at Bressler Park beginning at noon. Ted and Alice Miller will provide free entertainment on stage at the park at noon where there’ll be free ice cream bars and the new event, Chicken Cookoff taking place.

Registration opens for the national cluck-off and hard boiled egg eating contests at noon where chicken show contests will take over at 1 p.m. Events include chicken scratch for prizes, live chicken flying, little chick auction, best chicken legs, national cluck-off at 1:30 p.m., hard boiled egg eating contest, rubber chicken chuck, egg toss and egg drop/catch.

Sons of Satan will perform at the City Auditorium from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Sunday will conclude the 39th annual Chicken Show from 2nd & Main during the Crowing Motors Car Show from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Last Cluck Poker Run departing around 1 p.m.

“Then if you’re looking to wind down and just kind of hang out, but maybe meet some new people our Young Professionals group is hosting wine down social at Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company from 2 – 7 p.m.,” Schademann added.

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