The moment we've all been waiting for; what exactly happens at a Chicken Festival in Fair Oaks!! Last Saturday I made my way over to the Chicken Festival in town; it's only like 5 minutes walk at the most from my apartment! It was quite large; shockingly so considering the size of this little town. It was much like any typical festival celebrating a random thing!
There were 3 bands playing on different stages; one at the back park, one right smack dab in the middle of Old Fair Oaks on the street and one at the end of the street in the beer garden. All along the street were vendors selling their goods; some chicken related, some not. The park in front had all different kids of food vendors and the bounce things/activities for the kids, and the park in the back had a band and the chicken cook-off events.
Now for those of you who don't know; Fair Oaks has a whole bunch of wild chickens and roosters that randomly live around town; I'm not really sure of their history, perhaps something for another day! They are such a huge part of the culture that the "Welcome to Fair Oaks" sign has a rooster on it! So this was the 3rd Annual Chicken Festival in celebration of our beloved chickens. I will say I did feel kind of bad for the chickens because any of them that dared show their face during their celebrations was pretty much continually chased around by children and even some adults.
Funniest thing I heard all day was a conversation between two ladies trying to photograph a rooster; it went something like this . . . Lady 1: "I can't get a good picture." Lady 2: "I know; we'll he isn't being very corporative." The were both dead serious and I wanted to scream at them; "Seriously, it's a rooster for goodness sake!"
Without further ado . . .
*Any chickens consumed at the event were store bought, and in no way an attempt to "thin the herd"