WAYNE – Over the past couple months, members with the Wayne Chicken Show Committee have continued to prepare for the 40th annual Chicken Show on their original July date, but the group will now have longer to focus on a one-day event in September.
According to a release from Wayne Area Economic Development Monday afternoon, the normally three-day Chicken Show event will be condensed to just one day on Saturday, September 12 due to continued concerns stemming from COVID-19.
WAED staff; board president, Mike Powicki along with city administrator, Wes Blecke met with Julie Rother and Kim Schultz from Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department last Friday via zoom. During the meeting, the group reviewed the current social distancing guidance and Directed Health Measures (DHMs) as well as the new DHM and guidance that began June 1.
The group who met by Zoom on Monday has also set the date of August 1 to make another official announcement to determine if the 2020 Wayne Chicken Show will still be able to be held on September 12.
Key concerns that were brought up included maintaining social distancing and monitoring staff as well as volunteers for symptoms. The health and safety of all visitors, vendors, volunteers, participants and, most especially, the Wayne community must come first. WAED staff also felt that the current social distancing rules, as well as the uncertainty of future restrictions, could limit Chicken Show patrons from fully experiencing and enjoying the event if held on the original dates of July 10 – 12.
The one-day event, again now being postponed until Saturday, September 12, will combine many of the signature Wayne Chicken Show activities into one big ‘Bird’-day Bash. Although no official Chicken Show events will take place on the original date of July 10-12, the Chicken Show Committee is currently looking at doing a few activities virtually the week of July 6 – 11.
The 2020 theme is “40 Years of Egg-cellence” and, similar to past Chicken Shows, area groups and organizations will have an opportunity to integrate their events or activities into the single-day schedule.
Chicken Show t-shirts are also on sale as the design 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.
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 normally on the second weekend in July but due to COVID-19, this year, moved to September 12. 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.
The Wayne Chicken Show Committee will plan to hold their monthly meeting by Zoom on Monday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. to continue planning for the rescheduled Chicken Show now on Saturday, September 12.
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