Tour de Cluck Event Schedule:
9 am – 10 am: Eggstravaganza, Crower Contest, Kickoff
9 am – 1 pm: Free Valet Bicycle Parking
10 am – 1 pm: Community Crowers on the Green
10 am – 3 pm: Bicycle Coop Crawl

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Looking for an “eggs-cellent” way to spend a Saturday?

Join the 6th annual Tour de Cluck, a bicycle tour of backyard chicken coops, on Saturday, May 30 from 9am to 3pm. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the programs of Davis Farm to School, a program of Yolo Farm to Fork, a nonprofit organization supporting farm-fresh and local produce in school lunches, school gardens, elementary school farm visits, and school recycling and composting programs.

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Tickets

Tickets are still available online at Brown Paper Tickets at http://bit.ly/1G8nHKY and also at Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board, Davis Food Co-op, Western Feed and Pet Supply, and on Saturdays at the Davis Farmers Market. General admission is $15; children 10 and under are free.

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Coop Crawl: 10 am – 3 pm

Tour de Cluck is a fun, family-friendly fundraiser that is celebrated in conjunction with May Bike Month in Davis and the Sacramento region. The centerpiece is a bicycle tour or “coop crawl” of chicken coops.

More than 800 participants will pedal to visit 13 different neighborhood sites and learn from homeowners about the feathered friends they raise and care for in their backyards. Over the past five years, bicyclists have toured more than 100 backyard chicken coops in Davis. It’s not unusual to see groups of families and friends on the tour, complete with children biking or being carried in several creative modes of bicycle transport.

Participants will follow a route map, provided with ticket purchase, and will be able to visit any of the coops in order of preference by bicycle or car. Volunteers will help keep cyclists on track and also provide chicken and coop advice along the route.

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Eggstravaganza: 9 am – 10 am

Chicken fans will gather for the festivities next to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at 303 Third Street. All will be invited to entertain the crowd with their best cluck, crow or cock-a-doodle-do. This year, an Eggstravaganza event will give children and parents/guardians the opportunity to participate in egg races and other fun family-friendly activities for prizes.

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Community Crowers on the Green: 10 am – 1 pm

Several local organizations will be next to the market where they will showcase their activities and offer free resources and information. This year’s Community Crowers on the Green include: Central Park Gardens, Western Feed & Pet Supply, CA Endive Farms, Davis ACE, City of Davis Public Works, Davis Joint Unified School District Nutritional Services, Davis Sr. Center, Cool Davis, UC Davis Veterinary School & Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Edward Jones, Whole Foods Market, and Kens Bike-Ski-Board.

Davis Joint Unified School District’s Student Nutrition Services Director and executive chef, Dominic Machi, will prepare and serve his prize-winning recipe to Tour de Cluck visitors. Mr. Machi has developed and promoted a “scratch cooking” model for school food service over the last 15 years.

UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will provide a chicken composting demonstration and discuss the best uses of chicken manure in gardens at 10:30am.

Free Valet Bike Parking: 9 am – 1 pm

Free valet bike parking will be provided at Central Park by Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board. This will enable coop crawlers to participate in the Eggstravaganza, check out the Community Growers on the Green, and shop for goodies at the Davis Farmers Market prior to the “coop crawl.”

Capitol Corridor

Capitol Corridor is participating in Tour de Cluck by offering two opportunities via “Bak2Sac” and “Take5” so that ticket holders can enjoy traffic- and stress-free travel with family and friends on the day of the event.

“Bak2Sac” is an opportunity for Sacramento area riders to load their bikes on a Capitol Corridor Rail car and enjoy the scenic ride to Davis. Stopping along the route or after ending the tour, entitles the “Bak2Sac” rider a free return if they stop at a participating “Bak2Sac” restaurant or business to purchase something. From the south of the state the Capitol Corridor’s “Take5” is a quick getaway to spend time with family and friends. Up to 5 additional companions ride for only $5 each way with one full-fare ticket purchase. It’s good for all weekends through Labor Day. Additional information and booking details are found at http://www.capitolcorridor.org/take5.

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Sponsored by Dos Coyotes

The event is exclusively sponsored by Dos Coyotes Border Café, a restaurant that has built its reputation on fresh, local, affordable southwestern cuisine. Owner Bobby Coyote has been a strong supporter of Davis Farm to School programs for many years – and the nonprofit is proud to partner with Dos Coyotes on this signature event.

Visit www.tourdecluck.org, www.davisfarmtoschool.org, and www.yolofarmtofork.org for more information.

~by Beth Harrison, Yolo Farm to Fork Executive Director