SOURCE: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

September 12, 2006 10:56 ET

Bengals' Chad Johnson to Lead World's Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati Sept. 16, 2006

CINCINNATI, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2006 -- NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals will strut his ever-colorful stuff leading the World's Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

Johnson, known for running the most precise routes in the NFL and for his exuberant touchdown celebrations, will shake his tail feathers with members of the University of Cincinnati Dance Team at a stage at Fifth and Vine streets in Downtown Cincinnati. His anticipated performance leading the World's Largest Chicken Dance has created water-cooler buzz across the three-state, 15-county region, according to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

To celebrate Johnson's appearance, Cincinnati-based Servatii Pastry Shop is creating "Chad Johnson 'He's No Cream Puff' Cream Puffs" that will sell for $6 at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati. The cream puffs invoke Johnson's new Mohawk haircut and the four gold teeth that he routinely wears on game day.

Cincinnati has become world-famous for its annual World's Largest Chicken Dance, which began in 1992 and has evolved into a much-beloved tradition and one of the nation's wackiest annual events.

Johnson joins an all-star cast of celebrities who have led the World's Largest Chicken Dance, including: the late great trumpeter Al Hirt, 1998; Weird Al Yankovic, 1999; Davy Jones of The Monkees, 2000; Tony Orlando, who performed Neil Diamond's "America" in salute to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001; Verne Troyer, "Mini Me" of "Austin Powers" fame, 2002; rock icon Eddie Money, 2003; Vince Neil, lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock group Mötley Crüe, 2004; and legendary TV children's entertainers Uncle Al and Captain Windy, 2005. VH1 named the 2004 World's Largest Chicken Dance led by Neil the "Least Metal Moment" in the history of rock 'n' roll.

More than 500,000 annually attend Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, the nation's largest Oktoberfest. The 30th Anniversary Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati -- presented by Budweiser and John Morrell -- will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, along five blocks of Fifth Street in Downtown Cincinnati. For more information, go online at

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  • Media contact:
    Raymond L. Buse III
    Director, Public Relations
    Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
    513.608.1604 (cell)
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