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New Overall Champ At This Year's National Cluck-Off

Posted: 15 July, 2013

WAYNE (KTCH/KCTY) – For years, the National Cluck-Off at the annual Wayne Chicken Show has been one of the most unique and prestigious summer contests in the state of Nebraska. This year’s contest was no different, as it saw a repeat champion in the 13 and under division, and a brand new champion in the 14 and over division. JT Hobbs, of Hoskins, Ne, competed in the contest for the third year in a row, and has placed in each of the years. He was the previous champion in the 13 and under class, and was crowned champ again this year by a landslide. The 14 and over division, which has been dominated for years by Joel Vavra of Crete and Del Hampton from Arkansas, saw some new faces this year, as neither Vavra or Hampton competed. Instead, first-time competitor Emili Schultz from Sioux City earned the right to be called champion. Schultz said that the idea to participate didn’t really develop until late this week when she and her mother were looking for something to do, and read about the Wayne Chicken Show.  “I didn’t even hear about the chicken show until about two days ago, but a whole life’s work of chicken preparation led me up to this,” Schultz said. “There was a lot of studying, a lot of preparation. I looked up a lot of videos on chickens, and it was grueling hard work. Lots of late nights studying chickens.” Schultz and Hobbs then faced off in a contest to determine who would be the overall champion of this year’s Wayne Chicken Show, which was won by Schultz.

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