April 5th – 9th
11th Annual
Henrietta Courthouse Square

Turkey Fest is the spring family-oriented festival in North Texas! Turkey Fest attracted 6,000 festival goers in 2016. We love to see our fest grow! Our team of volunteers loves this annual event. We see the positive impact on our community, our economy and the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber.

Turkey Fest is not just for hunters – it’s for the whole family. We make sure that we have activities for everyone and every budget. Plus, coming to the fest is free and there are plenty of free children’s activities to keep the kids occupied!

April 8th Festival Highlights

Live Music: Tyler Steel and Brother Sharp

10:00 – Festival begins

10:00-11:30 – Brothers Sharp on Stage

11:00 – Cook Off Beans Turn In
11:30 – Participants in 2017 Senior Barrel Race check in
11:30 – Pie Eating Contest, Stewart’s Sweet Shop

11:30 – Live Turkey Race

12:00 – 2017 Senior Barrel Race

12:00 – Cook Off Chicken Turn In

12:00-1:00 – Final Weigh-in – Pro Teams & Battle of the Beards

12:30 – Live Turkey Race

12:15-2:00 – Brothers Sharp on Stage

1:30 – Cook Off Ribs Turn In

1:30 – Live Turkey Race

2:30-3:30 – Brothers Sharp on Stage

2:30-3:30 – Autograph Session with World Championship Team

3:00 – Winners Announced

3:00 – Cook Off Brisket Turn In

3:50 – Cook off Winners Announced

4:00 – Festival Ends

5:30 – Full Strut Banquet Doors Open for hor d’oeuvres

6:00 – Dinner Served

6:00 – Live and Silent Auction

8:30 – Tyler Steel Concert/Dance

world championship

Turkey Fest is the only wild turkey festival dedicated to offering pro hunt teams a home away from home while they answer the call to become world champions. Teams are hosted and accommodated by local ranches. Teams consist of three members: a cameraman, caller, and marksman. The Turkey Fest is always looking for new talent to include in the competition. Teams must have a syndicated outdoor show broadcast on channels like Versus, Pursuit, or the Sportsman Channel to be considered for the competition.


Sponsored by Bud-Light, Capital Farm Credit, ESCO, Four Stars Auto Ranch, Kerr Feed & Grain, Patterson’s RV, Fidelity Bank, Guarantee Title, Turner Country Properties, and Pierce Sales.

There’s family activity all around the square, including a variety of vendors, carnival rides, a cook-off, pie-eating contest, 2017 Senior Barrel Race, live music and entertainment, pro teams and amateur hunters bring their final harvest in to be scored by the Texas Game Warden.

full strut banquet & auction

The Full Strut Banquet is sold out year after year. As of 2014, we’ve moved to the Pioneer Hall to accommodate up to 350. The multi-course buffet dinner is top notch and you can’t forget about the bar by Jefe’s.

During the live auction, bid on a chance to learn from the pros and hunt with your favorite pro team.

Pro team winners are announced, the Turkey Fest World Champion is crowned, and the Battle of the Beards winners are recognized. Plus, it’s our chance to rag on our pro teams. We have a good time – you should come!


battle of the beards

Turkey Fest is not only a competition for the professional hunters, but for anyone wanting to have a shot against the local competition. The open competition has both an Adult and Youth division. Winner goes home with bragging rights, $2,000 cash prize, and more!  Download the 2017 Battle of the Beards Entry Form for more information!

2017 Battle of the Beards Entry Form
$25 entry fee - youth

(16 years or younger before the beginning of the current contest.)

$50 entry fee - adult

(17 years or older before the beginning of the current contest.)

cook off contest


Friday Night, April 7th:

7:00pm – Steak

7:30pm – Margarita

Saturday, April 8th:

11:00am – Beans

12:00pm – Chicken

1:30pm – Ribs

3:00pm – Brisket

4:00pm – Announce Winners

Entry Form
2017 Corporate Sponsors

Need a place to stay?

Contact Best Western Henrietta Inn & Suites (940)538-6969.

Or stop by 816 US Highway 287 South, Henrietta Texas 76365

Any Room $78.99, Just tell them your there for Turkey Fest!