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Tickets on sale soon for Tour de Cluck

By March 23, 2011

The Tour de Cluck: A Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl — the paean to poultry that took Davis chicken-keepers, the chicken curious and bicycle enthusiasts by storm last year — returns to Davis on May 14.

Visitors will enjoy a Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl featuring 19 backyard chicken coops, all open to visitors in a self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

The Tour de Cluck kicks off on the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame steps and Central Park plaza at 9 a.m. A welcome by Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza will be followed by the infamous Courage to Cluck clucking exhibition. The Davis Farmers Market hosts the Tour de Cluck Fowl Food Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and A Grand Affair presents the chicken-themed art exhibit and silent auction from 9 a..m. to 2 p.m. in a festive white tent on the Central Park green. Thanks to Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board, cycling participants will enjoy the convenience of valet bicycle parking. No tickets are required for Tour de Cluck kickoff events.

Beginning at 10 a.m., after the kickoff and in partnership with Davis Bicycles!, roving guides will lead informal groups of bicycles to chicken coops in Central, North, East and South Davis.

New this year, Tour de Cluck presents Chicken Skool. In a few weeks prior to as well as on the day of the event, friends of fowl are invited to experience a variety of presentations designed to inform their chicken decisions. The Avid Reader will host a chicken-featured book talk. MAK Design + Build, in partnership with Hibbert Lumber, will offer a coop design and construction demonstration.

Convenient to the tour route, Anna Leslie, Davis backyard poultry wizard and chicken adviser to many, will share “Chicken-keeping Essentials: The Art of Raising Healthy Chicks.” Joining Leslie will be local poultry-savvy 4-H members. Visitors seeking grit, scratch and feed information can check out Modesto Milling’s booth at the Atomic Ranch Coop during coop hours. Derek Downey, Davis composting expert, will teach composting class participants about the role that backyard chickens can play in improving gardening results. For your culinary edification, Davis Food Co-op will offer “Cook to Cluck,” a series of “egg-cellent” classes in its teaching kitchen during coop visiting hours on tour day.

Tour de Cluck strongly encourages bicycle transportation, but it is not required.

Coop map guides serve as tickets and will be available beginning Saturday at The Avid Reader, the Davis Food Co-op, Hallmark Inn, Hibbert Lumber and Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board in Davis. They also will be available at The Clayground in Winters and online at Brown Paper Tickets. Cost is $15 general, $10 for seniors  and students age 11 and older, and free for children under 11. Each coop visitor must have his or her own map guide in order to visit the coops.

Davis Farm to School is both presenter and beneficiary of Tour de Cluck.

The mission of Davis Farm to School is to create an educational and cultural environment in Davis schools that connects food choices with personal health, community, farms and land. School lunch based on values that support a sustainable food system is envisioned as part of the educational culture. For more information, visit www.davisfarmtoschool.org.

For more information about the 2011 Tour de Cluck: A Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl, email [email protected], call Jacqueline Clemens at (530) 207-0455 or visit www.tourdecluck.org.

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