Mike the Headless Chicken Festival celebrates No. 15

Stop searching for your lost shaker of salt and head to Mikeritaville — the 15th annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival set for Friday and Saturday, May 17–18, at the Civic Center Park in Fruita.

The ever-popular festival celebrates the chicken named Mike, who in 1945, actually survived his head getting chopped off. In the 18 months that Mike lived after the chop, his owners exhibited him at sideshows in New York, Atlantic City, Los Angeles and San Diego as “The Headless Wonder Chicken,” according to the history link at miketheheadlesschicken.org.

Curious lined up to pay 25 cents to see Mike. Valued at $10,000 and insured for the same, his fame and fortune earned him recognition in Life and Time Magazine’s,website says.

This year’s festival will have a “beach” theme and name, Mikeritaville, with activities including sand volleyball, kids’ sand castle building, limbo contest, beach ball giveaway and more.

Don’t be chicken — earn your wings at the disc golf competition at the Fruita Disc Golf Course; be sheer poultry in motion at the 5K fun run, or get a leg (drumstick) up on other peddlers during the bike poker ride.

The Mike Store, artisan and food vendors will be open from 4–10 p.m. Friday, May 17, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Friday’s Civic Center stage entertainment lineup features King’n Trio at 6:30 p.m. and The Allen’s from 7:30–10 p.m.

The Lions Club pancake breakfast is from 7–10 a.m. Saturday at the IOOF Hall on the Circle, and the Mike’s May Madness Car Show, presented by Blue Dots Car Club, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday’s Civic Center Stage entertainment will be the Pineapple Crackers from noon to 2 p.m.; Urban Island, 4–6 p.m.; and Kahuna Beach Party from 7:30–10 p.m.

Details and a schedule of events can be found at miketheheadlesschicken.org, or call 858-0360 for information.



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