- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) - Organizers of an annual Nebraska family festival with a chicken theme say it’ll go on this weekend, despite continuing concerns about avian flu.

The virus has infected poultry farms across the country, including some in Nebraska, resulting in millions of chickens and turkeys nationwide dying or being euthanized to prevent the virus from spreading.

The 35th Annual Wayne Chicken Show is still scheduled to continue, though live bird shows are banned this year, the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal (https://bit.ly/1gnCaKZ ) reported.

The rooster crowing contest, chicken flying contest and exotic chicken show are gone this year, but many other events remain, including a cluck-off in which contestants of all ages compete to see who can best act and sound like a chicken.

The festival will still have its parade, grilled chicken sandwich feed, street dances and fireworks. Cement chickens decorated by local businesses and organizations will be auctioned off. Other events, including the best chicken legs contests, will stay as well.

“Rubber chickens, cement chickens and people acting like chickens are all immune to the bird flu,” said Irene Fletcher, assistant director of Wayne Area Economic Development that manages the Chicken Show.

Fletcher said her office heard from many people wondering if the event would continue.

“We had to really work hard to let people know that after 35 years, we have plenty of other events,” she said. “We’re more a festival than a livestock show.”

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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