OSKALOOSA — Several people gathered by the chicken exhibit for a rousing game of Chicken Bingo Tuesday.
The event started promptly at 4 p.m. This was not your typical game of Bingo. While most Bingo games involve humans and chips on a board, this game involved a chicken in a cage-like structure and a board with numbers.
One might figure that it would be difficult to play a Bingo game using a chicken, that is, if you were relying on it to peck the numbers on the board to play the game the traditional way. It just would be hard to work. But, the way it was organized at the fair, made the process relatively easier. Many kids of all ages and their families cheered the chicken on in anticipation awaiting the big moment. It was a sight to behold.
They were all waiting to ensure the chicken pooped on the number that they personally selected in order to win the prize money.
According to Fair Board member Peggy McCrea, the idea of the game was to feed the chicken as much food as possible until he takes care of his business, or in other words, releases its droppings on the big board full of numbers.
“Sometimes, it takes between 7 and 27 minutes before the results are in,” McCrea said.
The chicken literally pooped out at 4:33 p.m. Once the chicken left its droppings. It landed on the line between two numbers making it difficult to gauge who won. However, there was someone there to judge if the droppings landed on a line, or in an awkward spot.
The event was all for a good cause.
“Some of the money goes to the person whose number it poops on, and the other half will go to the Building Fund at the Southern Iowa Fair,” McCrea said.
She added the exhibit yields big crowds.
“This is the third year that we have been doing this and each time, it gets larger and larger. It’s quite an attraction at the fairgrounds. People find it really interesting,” she said.
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