A couple of weeks ago we received a calendar for the Coombs Fair, which takes place August 13 and 14. Along with the usual events of the fair, this year they will have Chicken and Duck races. Some of the rules include:
* Handler may coax, feed, talk, chase, cajole their entry.
( I can just imagine the cacophony on the course)
* Any entry that lays an egg on the course will be disqualified.
( Will the egg be confiscated by the race officials? If a chicken can lay an egg and still go on to win the race, shouldn't that be a cause for greater celebration? - or is laying an egg too distracting for the other competitors? - Inquiring minds want to know.)
* Entries must run barefoot or have footwear approved by Race Committee.
( Poultry in racing sneakers would be a sight to see! )
* Entries must be of good moral character.
( How does one determine the moral character of a duck? Can other ducks speak up? Do the chickens need character references? )
These rules bring up so many questions in my mind. Have you ever been to a chicken or duck race? I'm thinking this might be something to put on the calendar.