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April Fool’s: Think summer, think cockfight

Sir. E. Jaffrey Houldsworth IV, Duke of Livershireton, Earl of Nottingtonborough
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Come July, feathers will be flying on Bridge Street.

Yesterday, the town of Vail unveiled its new slogan, “Think Summer: Think Cockfighting.”

In conjunction with Chupacabra Produciones, Vail will be hosting a summer cockfighting series, every Tuesday night from June to September.

“We really feel like we wanted to bring some late-night excitement to the Valley,” said Rabbi Tony Tuchman, founder of Chupacabra Produciones. “It was either snake charming, Chuck Norris or cockfighting. With an already rich tradition of game-fowl activities in the state, we felt this would be the logical choice.

“And Chuck Norris still can’t come to Eagle County because roundhouse kicks aren’t as effective at altitude.”

The town’s creative cockfighting coordinator, Tal Long, said he couldn’t think of a better way to draw summer visitors.

“Cockfighting is the No.1 most popular animal-related sport as far as growth percentage in countries Hugo Chavez is aligned with,” Long said. “With only one state currently allowing cockfighting (Louisiana), we think this could help reestablish the American market.”

Each cockfight will be moderated by Wilfred Brimley, a staunch opponent of those who are looking to ban cockfighting.

“If you are paying for your chicken’s diabetes medicine, you can call 1-888-8-Macaca,” Brimley said six times in a row without blinking.

Starting at 2 a.m., the Tuesday night cockfights will feature three professional bouts, as well as six amateur bouts. Two of the amateur bouts will feature locally raised and trained chickens.

Kurt Null Sanders of Edwards has been waiting to show his prize chicken for years now.

“Ever since I was a little kid, growing up in a cage in my parents’ basement that I shared with chickens, I always loved hearing the wings flap and the talons scratching,” Sanders said. “Good ‘ol Pato Diablo, my chicken, flies in the like wind.”

In addition to the weekly fights on Bridge Street, there will be a season-finale gondola survivor extravaganza. The “Lucadores de la Gondola” event has the same format as the NCAA basketball tournament, with 65 crazy cocks fighting it out for the title.

The gondola will run non-stop, starting at 9 p.m. until a winner is declared.

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