(New York Times link)
"BEVERLY HILLS has its Garden Tour; the Hamptons, its Designer Showhouse."
"The Tour de Cluck, which attracted legions of coop jocks in bike helmets, some in zany chicken fashion statements, is part of a boomlet in chicken voyeurism, including tours this summer in Seattle; Salem, Ore.; and Santa Fe, N.M.
Madison, Wis., has had a tour since 2005. This year’s annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour in Austin, Tex., on the day before Easter, drew 2,500 visitors in six hours."
It gets crazier:
"Davis (population 65,000), a university town just west of Sacramento, has an estimated 200 coops, many bearing silly names like Cluckingham Palace. The tour, which benefits the Davis Farm to School program, reflects the ethos of a place where bumper-sticker pleas to “Buy Fresh/Buy Local” and “Plant Seeds & Sing Songs” are somewhat de rigueur. The city, which pioneered the bike lane, is an agricultural stronghold, exemplified by the University of California at Davis, the original farm school for the Berkeley campus and now home to a viticulture and oenology department.
The tour has become such a phenomenon that politicians running for office are expected to take part in a clucking contest (each gets an “I Had the Courage to Cluck” certificate). They can distract themselves afterward by wolfing down bacon and egg popsicles or made-to-order omelets cooked by local farmers at the Fowl Food Fair, a one-day offshoot of the Davis Farmers’ Market."
"Among those paying the $15 admission was Dawn Dillman, a student and mother of two who was wearing a T-shirt that read, “Cock-a-doodle-doo,” even though she lives in an apartment and has no chickens. “It’s kind of a bucket-list thing,” she said before having her shoes spritzed with Lysol for sanitary reasons, a tour ritual. "If you live in Davis, you have to do the Tour de Cluck.”
Well, I haven't yet, so there.