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A Harvest of Memories Mike the Headless Chicken Festival 2018 – Fruita Insider 5-24

Denise Hight    There are unusual celebrations all over the world, but only in Fruita would we hold a festival honoring a headless chicken. It may sound morbid, but the focus is not on his beheading, but rather, a celebration of Mike’s life, the chicken who managed to survive in spite of all the odds. But who was Mike the Headless Chicken, and how did there get to be a festival in his name? Mike was hatched in spring 1945, and on Sept. 10, his owners, Clara and Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, selected the five-and-a-half-month-old  Wyandotte rooster as