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Don’t lose your head, the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival is far from dead

The festival returns to Fruita this June
Previous festival attendees admire a scrap metal statue of Mike in Fruita, Colorado.
Previous festival attendees admire a scrap metal statue of Mike in Fruita, Colorado.(KJCT)
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 12:09 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Headless local icon Mike the Headless Chicken will be celebrated in Fruita, Colorado on June 3 through June 4. Entrance to the festival is free, and will include live music. Activities include a 5k race, car show, disc golf tournament, food and merchandise vendors, family games, and the Peep and Wing eating contest.

Originally beheaded in 1945, Mike continued to live without a head for a full 18 months and became somewhat of a local celebrity. The festival was established in 1999, and around 18,000 people attend each year.

More information on the festival can be found here.

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