DeBaggis crowned Town Fool |

DeBaggis crowned Town Fool

BRECKENRIDGE – Amidst a flutter of chicken feathers, Jay “Luigi” “SuperChicken” DeBaggis was coronated Breckenridge’s 2003 Town Fool Tuesday afternoon in the Blue River Plaza.

The Breckenridge man is best known for his skills in fine dining at Cafe Alpine – or as a chicken of very mixed descent, depending on the age of the person you ask. But his efforts to earn recognition as Town Fool, which included taking up tap dancing lessons at Colorado Mountain College and soliciting funds from businesses in the past two weeks, earned him the dubious honor and landed him the colorful, multi-armed jester crown.

The honor is bestowed upon the person who can bribe, swindle or influence the most money from the general populace. Elections are conducted in reminiscence of those held in Chicago, with voters casting ballots early – and often. The nominee who garners the most “votes” is dubbed the Town Fool.

Funds go to the Breckenridge Elite Athletes, a nonprofit organization that helps young people with dreams of Olympic gold attain their goals. This year’s event raised more than $600 for the organization.

“Bock-bok-bock!” DeBaggis crowed after his victory. “Bock-bok-bock!”

Vice-Town Fool – and Summit Daily News editor Jim “Pokey-J” Pokrandt – wasn’t nearly as boastful in his winnings, stating that just because someone’s lived in Summit County as long as the SuperChicken has, he or she shouldn’t be a shoo-in for the award.

“Just you wait!” he told DeBaggis. “I’ve got this in the bag, next year!”

John Daisy, who some – including Briar Rose restaurant owner Roe Schardt – promised would be the dead ringer, came in third place, followed by C.J. Mueller, a three- (or four- or maybe even five-) time contender for the award. Fifth place went to Tom Schrag, who, while having raised a fair amount of money for the cause, was unable to attend the festivities.

“This is a big thing,” said Keith Mahoney, owner of Cafe Alpine. “We’ve been waiting for this for about a month- ever since C.J. set him up for this. We’re waiting for his arrival. Shots and drinks all around.”

Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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