This weekend the 15th annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival took place in Fruita. The event honors the amazing story of one chicken's will to live.
Among Sunday's activities included a chicken-wing eating contest for adults and a Peeps eating contest for kids.
"The competition was stiff today, I've been training for a long time for this effort," said one of the chicken-wing eaters.
Gayle Meyer, an editor of two local magazines, said, "In the 60s we said, be here now, live in the moment. And I think Mike certainly did that."
At one point, Mike's destiny was the dinner table, but he didn't let that happen.
"Lloyd Olson knew that his mother-in-law's favorite piece of chicken was the neck, so he purposefully left the neck long when he chopped Mike's head off. That enabled Mike to live," said Meyer.
Mike the headless chicken became a worldwide sensation.
"Mr. Olson charged 25 cents a head, pardon the pun, for people to see Mike," Meyer said.
Today new generations honor his will to live, "You have to lose your head to get a head sometimes," said Meyer.
While some details have been lost over time, his message is still loud and clear.
"If Mike can live without a head, you can live without a lot of different things," said one of the competitors.
Mike proves that a will to live can take the world by surprise.
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