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Turkey Trot coronation returns to Cuero

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:03 a.m.
Updated Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.

Memorablia, like this pin-on button from the original Turkey Trot in 1912, will be on display Friday night at the Downtown Sultan's Stroll commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Cuero Turkey Trot.

History will come alive this weekend in Cuero as the 100th anniversary of the original Turkey Trot is celebrated.

The Turkey Trot began in 1912 and was held until 1972 when it was transformed into the Turkeyfest that is now held annually.

"By bringing back the Turkey Trot, we are not only celebrating the history of our community, we are also strengthening it by creating an idea for multi-generational Cueroites to visit and share a passion for," said Cory Thamm of the Turkey Trot organizational committee.

"It's a way to bring the community together to celebrate our common history so that future generations may know there once was a town that so loved its mascot, the turkey, that they kept the spirit alive for more than 100 years."

The original celebration centered around a regal coronation in which a Sultan and Sultana were crowned to preside over the week's festivities.

Those days will be relived beginning Friday with the Downtown Sultan's Stroll from 7 to 11 p.m. The stroll will include outdoor museum exhibits and demonstrations.

The film "The Lorax" will also be shown.

On Saturday, the Turkey Trot Royal Coronation - the crowning of Sultan Yekrut and Sultana Oreuc - will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cuero High School cafeteria.

The event will also include the premiere of the play "A Trot Through Time" featuring local performers.

Immediately following the coronation, the Sultana's Ball - featuring live orchestra music - will be held at the city park pavilion until midnight.

Friday's events and Saturday's ball are free. Tickets for the coronation are $20 for adults and $10 for students and available at the Cuero Chamber of Commerce or at the door.

Committee member Erik McCowan said reviving the coronation and putting history on display are vital means of preserving Cuero's past.

"The history of the Trot is slowly slipping away with each elder we lose of that great event," McCowan said. "This, being the centennial celebration, gives us one last chance to archive, display, and educate to the people of Cuero this great history that has come before them."

The events are presented by the Cuero Turkeyfest Association.

The Turkeyfest, featuring the second heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop between Ruby Begonia and Paycheck from Worthington, Minn., kicks off the following week with a lineup of entertainment and events throughout the weekend.

The parade on Saturday, Oct. 13, will feature hundreds of turkeys marched through the streets of Cuero in homage to past Turkey Trots.



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