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billryan
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November 8th, 2021 at 2:36:06 PM permalink
I'm looking for obscure festivals in the West for an extended road trip and I came across The Headless Chicken Festival held each spring in a small town in Colorado.
In the Spring of 1947, a local farmer choose a chicken named Mike to be a Friday night dinner and cut off the bird's head. Evidently, it is not unusual for chickens to run around for a minute or two after getting decapitated but Mike lived for eighteen months. Not only did he survive getting his head cut off but he achieved celebrity status, becoming a headline attraction and going on extensive tours. He could command as much as a thousand dollars a show. His owners apparently kept him alive by injecting nutrients into him.
After 18 months, he choked when someone tried to feed him some corn, although rumours of an insurance whack job persist.
Mike the headless chicken is honored in his hometown with a bigger-than-life bronze statue and a weeklong festival.

Does anyone know any equally obscure festivals I can waste a few days attending? I've already penciled in The Standing on the Corner fest in Winslow, Arizona.
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November 8th, 2021 at 2:47:24 PM permalink
Well...(after a search) that's one of the most disturbing things I've ever read. Could the guy have known that the chicken would be fundamentally healthy? I can't comprehend how you wouldn't just put it down, but he managed to parlay it into a ton of money.

There is a, "The Dude Abides Festival," in Austin, Texas. The character is obviously not obscure, but perhaps the festival might be considered obscure enough for your purposes? If nothing else, you'll always be able to say that you went to a festival dedicated to a man...a fictional man..."but sometimes there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and his place. He fits right in there." And there's a festival for The Dude, in Austin, Texas.
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November 8th, 2021 at 2:48:46 PM permalink
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I'm looking for obscure festivals in the West for an extended road trip and I came across The Headless Chicken Festival held each spring in a small town in Colorado.
In the Spring of 1947, a local farmer choose a chicken named Mike to be a Friday night dinner and cut off the bird's head. Evidently, it is not unusual for chickens to run around for a minute or two after getting decapitated but Mike lived for eighteen months. Not only did he survive getting his head cut off but he achieved celebrity status, becoming a headline attraction and going on extensive tours. He could command as much as a thousand dollars a show. Evidently, his owners kept him alive by injecting nutrients into him.
After 18 months, he choked when someone tried to feed him some corn, although rumours of an insurance whack job persist.
Mike the headless chicken is honored in his hometown with a bigger-than-life bronze statue and a weeklong festival.

Does anyone know any equally obscure festivals I can waste a few days attending? I've already penciled in The Standing on the Corner fest in Winslow, Arizona.
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Word is, he wasn't fully decapitated. Much of his brain stem remained.
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November 8th, 2021 at 2:57:07 PM permalink
Just brutal.
May I suggest to take this thread down please?
Reason: Not gambling and Las Vegas related
I am making a driving trip down to Vegas from Canada tonight. Just thinking of a headless chicken while driving alone on a dark highway is not a cheering experience.
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November 8th, 2021 at 3:06:55 PM permalink
Also, you're going to the, "Standin' on the Corner Festival," and The Dude hates the friggin' Eagles, man, so it's kind of Zen. Yin and Yang. Balanced.

Or, you could say, it ties the whole thing together.
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November 8th, 2021 at 3:42:02 PM permalink
Actually, not headless at all.
Just faceless. Poor little thing
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November 8th, 2021 at 4:05:09 PM permalink
Quote: OnceDear

Actually, not headless at all.
Just faceless. Poor little thing

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In seventy-five years, no one will be posting about us, nor holding festivals in our honor.
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November 8th, 2021 at 4:07:33 PM permalink
Interesting take. I wonder how many U.S. historians can even name every U.S. President without having to cheat for one or two?
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November 8th, 2021 at 7:33:28 PM permalink
There's also Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, CO. There's a guy who's cryogenically frozen in his shed.
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November 8th, 2021 at 8:07:11 PM permalink
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There's also Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, CO. There's a guy who's cryogenically frozen in his shed.
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That's what I'm looking for. Pure quirk. The mountains of Colorado in early March may be a problem as I only want to see snow in the distance.
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