National Chicken Boy Day – September 1, 2022, history, quotes
National Chicken Boy Day on September 1 celebrates the statue of Chicken Boy, a man with a chicken head. Located on Avenue 56 at the top of Future Studio, Chicken Boy has been a prominent fixture for ten years and counting. Standing at 22 feet tall and holding a bucket of chicken, Chicken Boy was originally a promotion for a fast food restaurant based in Los Angeles.
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HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY
Amy Inouye and Chicken Boy are a modern-day love story. When the artist moved to Los Angeles around 40 years ago, one of the first things she saw was the statue of Chicken Boy. A promotional gimmick for a fast food restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, the mascot was designed and named after the 1960s Chicken Boy Restaurant. The iconic figure remained at the restaurant until 1984 when the owner of the place died. When Inouye inquired about the statue, the restaurant owners said she could take it if she liked, and so she did.
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For about 20 years, the statue remained in storage, after which Inouye decided to display Chicken Boy on top of her art studio located in Highland Park. The local community assisted in restoring Chicken Boy. Part of the reason for installing Chicken Boy in her studio was to supplement the catalog of chicken-related novelty items that Inouye had collected over the years and offered for purchase. These items are available at a mini-museum for all Chicken Boy fans to see.
With a chicken head and bucket of chicken in his hands, the statue of Chicken Boy is made of fiberglass and stands 22 feet tall. He is jokingly referred to as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles,” and is a must-see for all along Route 66.
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NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY TIMELINE
Chicken Boy Hatched
Chicken Boy restaurant launches, with Chicken Boy as their representative figure.
End of an Era
The owner of Chicken Boy restaurant passes away.
Chicken Boy: The Movie
Chicken Boy is featured in his own movie “Chicken Boy: The Movie.”
October 17, 2007
After being cooped up for 20 years, Amy Inouye reinstalls Chicken Boy in her art studio.
HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY
Have some fun celebrating this quirky, iconic statue with some of these ideas:
Visit Chicken Boy in Los Angeles
One fun way to celebrate this day would be to hop over to Los Angeles, California to visit Chicken Boy in person. Of course there are many other things to do in LA, so the statue can be just one of many fun stops and tourist sights along the way.
Enjoy Some Fried Chicken
Since Chicken Boy was created as an advertising gimmick for the restaurant, one way to celebrate National Chicken Boy Day might be to enjoy eating some fried chicken. Sadly, the original restaurant has been closed for decades, but other local fried chicken places can certainly offer a tasty bucket of chicken in celebration of the day.
Create Your Own Chicken Boy
Perhaps it won’t be 22 feet tall, but a fun project for National Chicken Boy Day might be to get kids or friends involved in recreating the statue in miniature. Look up some photos online, get some modeling clay, and see how much fun it is to make a man with a chicken head holding a yellow bucket!
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT CHICKEN BOY
Revered among customized restaurant statues
Chicken Boy is ranked among the best restaurant statues of all time, including Ronald McDonald.
The Chicken Boy museum
The Chicken Boy museum has thousands of chicken items that art director Amy Inouye has collected over the years, including a chicken Elvis!
Los Angeles’ very own
Chicken Boy is popularly known as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.”
He has his own song!
Chicken Boy has his own song, “The Chicken Boy Polka” by Those Darn Accordions.
“Chicken Boy: The Movie”
Chicken Boy may as well get his own Hollywood star, for the iconic film “Chicken Boy: The Movie,” and receiving several awards.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY
An interesting story
It is incredible how things around us have a story. Who would have thought Chicken Boy will become the popular icon it is today? Next time you see a local restaurant mascot, you may be looking at the next Chicken Boy!
The making of a franchise
Even though Chicken Boy already started as a franchise, Amy Inouye successfully branched out to chicken novelty items and a tourist attraction. An all-around success story and an inspiration for all!
We just love Chicken Boy!
How can we not? We at National Today just love Chicken Boy! A holiday well deserved!
NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY FAQS
- How old is Chickenboy?
The Chicken Boy statue was originally built sometime in the 1960s, making the figure at least 60 years old.
- Is chicken a male?
Both male and female chickens are used in the meat industry, but only hens are able to lay eggs for human consumption.
- What is national Chickenboy day?
Chicken Boy Day is celebrated annually on September 1.