FRUITA, Colo. (KREX) — The Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival is coming back to Fruita June 3-4, 2022. The City of Fruita and Credit Union of Colorado are inviting everyone to come celebrate Mike, the famous chicken who lived without a head.

In 1945, a chicken named Mike was put on the chopping block to become dinner. Despite losing his head to the axe, Mike kept on living for 18 months and became a sideshow star. Since 1999, Fruita has celebrated the story of Mike with a festival in his honor.

Entrance to the festival is free and live music will be provided, including headliners Josh Gracin and Natural Chemistry. Other festivities that you can participate in include a 5k race, car show, disc golf tournament, food, and the famous Peep and Wing eating contest on Saturday. For more information on the festival, visit miketheheadlesschicken.org.