Saturday Downtown Festival
Turkey Fest – Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Rain or shine Turkey Fest offers the perfect environment for family fun. Come answer the call and enjoy:
Children’s Corner by KAUZ and Clay County Memorial Hospital Foundation
The children’s corner is a crowd favorite with a petting zoo, Happy Hopper bounce house, pony rides by Painted Pony and a caterpillar ride around the square. The free petting zoo includes bunnies, goats, birds and wallabies.
Experience live demonstrations by Nellie Quiet Dove, a group of pioneers who pitch their tents and display living the pioneer way of life. Watch the pioneers make beaded necklaces, dream catchers, lace and yarn. Learn to throw knives and tomahawk too! Nellie Quiet Dove’s group are experts so be sure to ask them lots of questions about frontier living. Don’t miss the nail-biting reenactment by the 15th Texas Calvary. The whole square shakes as they reenact an altercation during the Civil War with gun and cannon fire.
Wildlife Corner by ESCO of Bowie
Explore exhibits by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Operation Game Thief by the Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens. The NWTF sets up a blow up shooting range for marksmen of all ages. Operation Game Thief strives to eliminate poaching by educating the public about safe and legal hunting practices. Take a look at their stunning display of game on the Hall of Shame. The Texas Wildlife Association will demonstrate would to make turkey calls. You can take a call home with you to practice. The Texas Youth Hunting Program provides a laser trailer for youth to hone their shooting skills. Finally, learn how to participate in the Clay County Wildlife Corridor at the UNT-Quail booth.
Vendors, Shopping and Food
Vendors sell crafts, promote events/non-profit endeavors, offer live demonstrations and serve delicious festival foods. Last year, the BBQ vendor sold out from such a hungry crowd – so be sure to come early for lunch.
Scholarship Barrel Races
Seniors who attend Clay County high schools compete for a $1,500 scholarship ($500 per team member) at the Scholarship Barrel Races. Competitors are tasked to build a contraption resembling a turkey and race around a barrel. The winner is determined by creativity and speed to complete the race.
Turkey Cook-Off by The Sheriff’s Posse
Compete for $1,000 at the Clay County Sheriff’s Posse turkey cook-off. Each entry is $100 and all proceeds benefit the Paige Payne Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tent appearance, presentation of their entry and the taste of their turkey determine the winner. Working as a dispatcher with the Clay County Sheriffs’ Office, Paige went above and beyond to help others. It is their hope that the scholarship gives a graduating senior the courage and determination to make a difference, just as Paige did.
Enjoy alternative county jams by Steven Staley band, an up and coming group from 12:30 – 2 p.m. The band includes Steven Staley lead vocalist and acoustic guitar; Joe Harris on lead guitar; Jeff Griner on bass; and Stevie Lonney on drums. They played at the 2012 Turkey Fest and we are excited to have them return to the festival. Finally, Clay County native Erick Willis entertains the crowd from 2:45 – 3:45.
Live Turkey Races
Cheer for your favorite bird during the live turkey races. We name each bird after one of our communities like Petrolia, Joy, Henrietta, Byers, Bellevue, Prairie Flower, Jolly and Vashti. The birds have to waddle around a fence and back to their pens. We race the birds twice and the winning bird is announced at the close of Turkey Fest.
A Very Big Thanks to Our 2013 Premium Sponsors!
Click here for the festival map.
Helpful Links for Vendors Below!