Easter is drawing near and following suit a beloved springtime celebration the Butter and Egg Days and Cutest chick contest.

Petalumans have been celebrating their eggy history ever since the 1920s, when a Chamber of Commerce campaign gave the city the title, “Egg Basket of the World” and the Egg Days Parade was born. Petaluman’s of all ages donned fluffy chicken costumes and marched proudly down city streets. Giant frying pan exhibits were displayed. The event was so popular even the governor attended. The original parade ended in 1926, but was resurrected in 1982 by the Petaluma Downtown Association who renamed it Butter and Egg Days to highlight the dairy industry’s connection to the town.

These days the most happening part of the festival is Petaluma Egg Farm’s Cutest Chick Contest. Pint sized participants strut across the stage in feathers and beaks with hopes of attaining the coveted title. Collene Camill was the first Butter & Egg Days “Cutest Little Chick in Town” in 1989. Last year a record 86 wee-ones competed. How many will turn out this year?

Click through our Easter themed gallery of cute chicks and fluffy bunnies to get some inspiration for this years contest coming up on April 29. Call 707-763-0921 to enter!