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China has terracotta soldiers - Clinton has concrete chickens

According to Wikipedia, the Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

China's terracotta armyThe figures, dating from around the late third century B. C. were created to keep the Emperor safe in the afterlife. The terracotta army numbers in the thousands.

This year, an army of concrete chickens will greet visitors to the third annual Spring Chicken Festival in Clinton. Clinton's concrete chicken army

Thirty concrete roosters and hens, painted and unpainted, will be attending the Chicken Festival which kicks off on Saturday, April 20th.

The local Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Chicken Shoot" - actually a target and trap shooting competition on Saturday morning at DDI shooting range in the Springhill community. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. Competition is from 9 - 1.

Other events throughout the week include a beauty contest, Chicken Idol competition, continuous music all day Saturday April 27th, a wild wings contest and children's events.

The concrete chickens are sponsored by the Hickman County Arts Council. Members of the Council will decorate chickens for those who want their chickens "dressed."

For more information on the Spring Chicken Festival, visit the Chamber website linked below.  

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