A statue of Mike the Headless Chicken stands in downtown Fruita, Colorado, home of the annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival // (c) 2008 Krissi Sandvik / Flickr.com
A statue of Mike the Headless Chicken stands in downtown Fruita, Colorado, home of the annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival // (c) 2008 Krissi Sandvik / Flickr.com

In 1945, Fruita, Colo. resident Clara Olsen sent her husband Lloyd to prepare a chicken for the evening meal.

A statue of Mike the Headless Chicken stands in downtown Fruita, Colorado, home of the annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival // (c) 2008 Krissi Sandvik / Flickr.com
A statue of Mike the Headless Chicken stands in downtown Fruita, Colorado, home of the annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival // (c) 2008 Krissi Sandvik / Flickr.com

As chickens do, when their heads are cut off, Mike, as the famous chicken is now known, continued to run around the family farm. By morning, however, Mike was still going strong. Seemingly oblivious to the fact that he had no head, Mike had returned to doing what chickens do, preening his feathers, pecking for food and tucking his headless neck under his wing.

Apparently, Lloyd’s ax had missed the jugular vein, and a blood clot further prevented Mike from bleeding to death. And although much of his head had been severed, Mike retained much of his brain stem as well as one ear. Mike continued to live another 18 months, growing from 2 1/2 pounds to nearly 8 pounds, with can you buy levitra over the counter Lloyd feeding him water and grains, by using an eyedropper to place the food directly into Mike’s esophagus.

Mike eventually retained a manager and went on a national tour, where sideshow patrons paid 25 cents to see “The Wonder Chicken.”

Today, Fruita residents continue to celebrate Mike and his never-quit attitude in the annual “Mike the Headless Chicken Festival.”

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival Events

Good Egg Awards
Sponsored by Chick-fil-A, the Good Egg Awards honors positive role models in the community; someone who “does the right thing, even when no one is looking.” The winner will receive a free Chick-fil-A meal ever week for a year.

Other festival events include a 5K run, a disc golf tournament, a Peeps-eating contest for kids and a wing-eating contest for adults, food vendors, artist displays, a pancake breakfast, and of course, an egg toss. Live entertainment and the May Madness Car Show round out the weekend’s activities.

Location
Fruita, Colorado

Dates
May 16-17, 2014

More Information
www.miketheheadlesschicken.org