WAYNE – As the Wayne Chicken Show condenses to a one-day event, 2020 marks the 40th year and is scheduled to take over the weekend on Saturday, September 12.
Normally the Chicken Show is held on the second weekend in July but has been delayed to Saturday due to COVID-19 this year. The event is all about celebrating chickens and their unique form.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions on parades, the event will transition into a window/lawn decorating contest for those driving around town called “Cruise the Coops”. The event will last from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 12.
Businesses will decorate their store front windows or display a parade float in their parking lot while everyone else who is participating is encouraged to decorate their lawns. Entries will be judged and prizes awarded. Awards will be given out to Best Chicken Themed related, Best Theme related (40 Years of Egg’cellence) and People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award will be submitted at the information booth from the fairgrounds.
The September 12 free entertainment will be provided by Ted and Alice Miller starting at noon following the national anthem from the fairgrounds. This year’s one-day bird-bash will feature a car show, cornhole tournament, cement auction and live chicken flying. The ‘Chicken Crowing Contest’ will begin at 10 a.m. with the car show registration beginning at 11 a.m. as well as contest registration and cornhole registration opening at noon. Car show winners will be announced at 3 p.m. with the car show ending at 4 p.m.
The Abu Bekr Shriners will also be providing their demonstration on Grainland Road starting at 11 a.m. with the WSC marching band performing at 11:30 a.m.
Moving into the afternoon, the ‘World’s Largest Chicken Performance’ will take place at 1 p.m. before Chicken Show contests are scheduled for later in the afternoon. These contests include Best Chicken Legs (2:30 p.m.); National Cluck-Off (3 p.m.); Hard Boiled Egg Eating (3:30 p.m.) as well as Egg Toss along with Egg Drop/Catch (4 p.m.).
The cement chicken and chick auction will take place at 1:30 p.m.; ‘Live Chicken Flying’ at 2:30 p.m. and Planetarium Shows taking place on the Wayne State College campus at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
Fireworks will then close out the Chicken Show at 8 p.m. from the Summer Sports Complex. Tune your radio to Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 for the music.
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