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The chickens are back in town

By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer

You may have noticed some colorful stone chickens dressed in fancy clothes popping back up on Main Street.

This is part of the “Bring Back the Chickens” event happening on Friday, April 26, an idea hatched by Brookville Main Street, Inc. to embrace the uniqueness of the town and create a family event everyone can enjoy.

“That's what our Main Street group is wanting to express: the uniqueness of Brookville and people wanting to come back,” said Cheryl Kaiser of Main Street Brookville, Inc.

Main Street Brookville, Inc. has partnered with local restaurants, Dairy Cottage, Korner's Kounrty Kitchen, American Legion and the Pioneer to put on a chicken nugget-eating contest. Those wishing to participate must sign up at one of the four restaurants, include a cell phone number, arrive at the restaurant on April 26, at 6 p.m. and bring family and friends to cheer people on.

Nuggets will be made fresh and ready for the contest, and anyone of any age can participate. Whoever can eat 20 nuggets the fastest will be the winner, and winners will have the opportunity to compete Saturday, June 29 at Canoefest. Kaiser even offered a little advice stating using more sauce will help you eat faster.

Kaiser said a few things sparked the idea for “Bring Back the Chickens.” The chicken trail which was held a few years ago was very successful, and according to Kaiser, the town is already known for the chickens. During the sidewalk project on Main Street, the chickens had to be removed, and they are starting to emerge again.

“The more I drive down the street, and I see them popping out again since the sidewalk construction, it makes you very proud to know this is something we team up as a community on,” said Kaiser.

In conjunction with the nugget-eating contest, there will also be a people's choice award for the best-looking chicken in Brookville. There will also be music at Third Place, and Stayin' Alive will be hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Event which Main Street Brookville, Inc. is partnering on.

Kaiser said this is a great event, and people often don't realize the risk associated with unused prescriptions. The drop-off location will be at the Firestone parking lot on April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kaiser added that the “Bring Back the Chickens” event is something fun and close to home that families can do together. Sign-ups for the nugget-eating contest are still taking place at each of the four listed restaurants.

As the colorful, patriotic and tuxedo-adorned chickens continue to pop, keep in mind which one is best dressed and make sure to vote in the contest.

“We felt it was important to get those chickens back here and let people know we're still proud of them,” said Kaiser.