Running around like headless chickens

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) -- A story so crazy it must be true.

In 1945, a Fruita farmer chopped off the head of an unsuspecting rooster named Mike. But instead of dying like every other fowl, Mike continued to live.

For 18 months, his owner fed him grain and water with an eyedropper, and as the bird continued to grow, the farmer put him on a national tour until the miracle chicken passed on.

Now, western Colorado celebrates the medical marvel that was Miracle Mike with a festival in his name.

The 2013 Mike the Headless Chicken Festival runs Friday, May 17 to Saturday, May 18.

While Mike's life wasn't so tropical, you can get a chance to stick your toes in the sand and celebrate the theme for this year: Mikeritaville. Activities will include sand castle building, a tike bar, sand volleyball and limbo contests.

Here's a rundown of the events:

May 17:
4-10 p.m. - Mike Store, Artisian & Food Vendors Open
4-8 p.m. - Backyard Games, Beach Volleyball and Sand Castle area open
5-6:30 p.m. - Entertainment - King n' Trio
7:30-10 p.m. - Entertainment - The Allens

May 18:

7-10 a.m. - Lions Club Pancake Breakfast- IOOF Hall on the Circle
7-8:30 a.m. - Race Day Registration Open for 5k Run
9 a.m.- Mike 5k Run/Walk Begins
9 a.m.-10 p.m. - Mike Store, Artisian & Food Vendors Open
9 a.m.-8p.m. - Mike's Backyard Games, Beach Volleyball and Sand Castle Building
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Mike's May Madness Car Show
10 a.m.-1p.m. - Mike’s Disc Golf Tournament @ Snooks Bottom
12-2 p.m. - Entertainment – Pineapple Crackers
1-5 p.m. - Headless Mike’s Bicycle Poker Ride
2:30-3 p.m. - Sud's Brothers Wing Eating Contest- This one's for the adults
3-4 p.m. - Peep Eating Contest (Kids only)
4-6 p.m. - Entertainment – Urban Island
6-6:30 p.m. - Good Egg Awards
6:30-7 p.m - Limbo Contest
7:30-10 p.m. - Entertainment – Kahuna Beach Party

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