ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Channel 2’s Rebecca Palsha and Hank Davis arrived in Chicken (full time population: 7) just in time to see the start of the annual Chickenstock music festival.
The town, so the story goes, got its name after the founders realized they didn’t know the proper way to spell “Ptarmigan” and so opted for a more phonetically-transcribable avian substitute.
Among the strange traditions that take place in Chicken during the weekend of the festival is the “panty cannon,” which blows up women’s underwear, and a clear delineation of neighborhoods that divides the few residents between their “downtown,” “uptown” and “suburbia.”
During Chickenstock, the town sees it’s population rocket up to 1200.
“We’ve never had any problems with this festival,” says one of the locals, “It’s really nice, it’s really family-friendly, it’s a good time.”