Fruita

Fruita is known for Mike the Headless Chicken, a rooster who lived for 18 months after his head was cut off. A festival in his
honor is held regularly in Fruita.

The first permanent homesteaders in the Fruita area were possibly Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lapham - when they settled in late
1882, they took up residency in a pre-existing cabin with a dirt floor and a blanket door.
They were followed by other settlers, nearly all of whom were farmers. Attempts to organize a community in the Fruita area
were unsuccessful until the present day town was established in 1884, by William E. Pabor, who formed the Fruita Town and
Land Company for the purpose of selling town lots.

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Fruita, Colorado 81521

1-800-303-0898

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Mike the Headless Chicken Days


Annual event!!



Location: Fruita Civic Center Park, Historic Downtown  
Cost: Most activities are free of charge

Come to beautiful Fruita, Colorado and enjoy – eating contest, chicken receipe contest, a car show, great music and "chicken
dance" contest, more chicken, the 5K “run like a headless chicken”, chicken games which includes "chicken bingo", "Mike's"
market (probably the only place in the world you can get chicken noodle soap)…GREAT FAMILY FUN!


For additional information, please contact:
City of Fruita
(970)858-8373
yp@fruita.org


www.gofruita.com

www.miketheheadlesschicken.org


According to a report in the Denver Post, this Wyandotte rooster was decapitated in 1945 by a local farmer and destined for
the dinner table. He survived, using only his brain stem. Fed grain and water with an eyedropper, Mike lived without his head
for four years. Studied by scientists, made famous though stories in Life and Time magazine, Mike finally choked to death on
a corn kernel... [05/16/1999]


Directions: Fruita is right off I-70, about 20 miles east of the Utah/Colorado border. The Mike the Headless Chicken sculpture
is in front of Java Junction coffee house in downtown Fruita on Aspen Avenue.

www.roadsideamerica.com






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