Wayne, NE celebrates first Chicken Show since devastation of October tornado
WAYNE, NE (KTIV) -
The Wayne, Nebraska Chicken Show is a weekend-long festival of 'egg-cellent' proportions, that's been going on for 34 years.
The resilient northeast Nebraska town certainly wasn't going to let something like a tornado stop them from continuing the tradition.
"We have so many people from out of town that have no idea that we've had tornadoes in our area and that we've had this going on. People just keep saying that everybody is so friendly and everybody is so glad to have them here," Simon said.
The weekend of activities ended in a car show at the Wayne Airport.
The airport was leveled back in October by the devastating EF-4 tornado that caused a lot of damage to the community.
Chicken Show committee member Chele Simon said even just the incredible turnout is a sign that the community is staying strong through the rebuilding process.
"It almost gives you chills when you drive up thinking that after the tornado, this was absolutely a blank canvas. We had no buildings left, the business out here was gone, the buildings were gone, we had plane damage. And to think that just a few short months later, the resilience of what they've rebuilt," Simon said.
As folks gathered at the newly rebuilt airfield, they said the quality of the chicken show hadn't been affected at all by the recent storms.
Some from out of town said they remembered the airport before the storm, and were thoroughly impressed by the community's progress.
"We had gone through and just admired at that time how good the airport was; now it's been rebuilt, and it's better than ever," Kevin Koehler, Norfolk, NE said.
Mayor Ken Chamberlain said the 2014 Chicken Show is just another milestone of progress, in a rebuilding process that's been awe-inspiring to watch.
"It's truly been one of the most phenomenal things I've ever been a part of. To see people, and neighbors, and neighboring communities come together to help get us back to where we're at today, after what we've been through, it's just been absolutely phenomenal," Chamberlain said.
Another sign that Mother Nature certainly can't keep Northeast Nebraska down.
While Wayne has made significant rebuilding process, they've been helping out in the surrounding communities hit by the tornadoes of just a few weeks ago.
They're selling t-shirts to raise money for those rebuilding for fifteen dollars.
Call Ameritas in Wayne at 402-375-1573 and they'll get you the link to purchase one of the shirts.