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Chicken costume contest returns

The island’s prettiest poultry will flaunt their feathers and more next week in Winslow.

The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market and Bainbridge Island  4-H Club will co-host their annual Poultry Pageant-Chicken Costume Contest at the first farmers market in October.

The contest consists of participants bringing their costumed chickens from home or the farm to be shown in the pageant and judged by a friendly crowd of market vendors and customers. There are five categories for the chicken costumers: Most Creative, Best Sci-Fi theme, Best Political Costume, Best Delicious/Food Theme, and Best Environmentally Friendly Theme.

The poultry pageant will be held during the market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the town square.

The event is free to enter and open to the public for participation and judging.

Awards will be given out for the winners in all categories at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market and 4-H chicken specialists will also be on-hand during the entire event to answer questions and help community members learn more about raising chickens at home or on the farm.

“We’re thrilled to be partnered with the BI-4H club on this event,” said market manager Tim O’Brien. “It has rapidly turned into one of the events that really adds to the unique lifestyle and character that we love about living on Bainbridge Island.”

“The enthusiastic, friendly crowds of people gather at the event to show their support for the various chickens and their costumes.  It’s a great family friendly event and you can learn everything you need to know about getting involved in raising chickens,” he added.

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