A Small Town's Depression-Era Rooster Gambit In the depths of the Great Depression, the small Washington state town of Gig Harbor started a rooster-racing competition -- complete with "rooster girl" cheerleaders and a Roosterville town center for the "athletes" -- to attract attention and money to their coastal hamlet.

A Small Town's Depression-Era Rooster Gambit

A Small Town's Depression-Era Rooster Gambit

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Rooster Girl cheerleaders pose outside the 'Cock Eyed Daily News' in Roosterville. Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society & Museum hide caption

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Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society & Museum

Rooster Girl cheerleaders pose outside the 'Cock Eyed Daily News' in Roosterville.

Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society & Museum

In the depths of the Great Depression, the small Washington state town of Gig Harbor started a rooster-racing competition -- complete with "rooster girl" cheerleaders and a Roosterville town center for the "athletes" -- to attract attention and tourist dollars to their coastal hamlet.