Advocate editorial board opinion: Gobblers meet for annual heat in Minnesota

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 14, 2011 at 4:14 a.m.

The race is on. Again. The annual Great Gobbler Gallop - the main event of Turkeyfest in Cuero - begins with Ruby Begonia's visit to Worthington, Minn. for a showdown with Paycheck.

The Worthington race is 1:30 p.m. Saturday. So Ruby, who is being shuttled up to Minnesota, is en route.

The final race is during the event in Cuero on Oct. 7-9.

Last year, this huge nonprofit event attracted about 20,000 people to Cuero, according to the Turkeyfest website. The event boosted the number of hotel/motel occupants, business at restaurant and entertainment venues and much more. In other words, the event is good for the economy, not just where it is held in Cuero, but in the Crossroads.

Ruby Begonia, Cuero's race turkey, has been written about in Sports Illustrated, been a guest on radio shows and has made guest appearances in the region at various functions. We imagine that Worthington's race turkey, Paycheck, has had a lot of press as well. Needless to say, the race is well promoted across the country and even internationally.

We praise the Turkeyfest nonprofit organization that has presented the event. Organizing and conducting the goings-on are mammoth tasks.

Cuero's event began in 1912 and was known first as the Turkey Trot. In Minnesota, Worthington's event - King Turkey Day - dates to 1939.

These long histories of turkey racing have brought two cities together for a unique sport. The winner of the race receives the "Traveling Turkey Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph."

And no one goes home without an award. The loser receives the "Circulating Consolation Cup of Consummate Commiseration."'

We look forward to this year's race because it is a ton of fun that all the family can enjoy. Let's hope that Ruby Begonia, who lost last year, wins this year and regains the title of "The World's Fastest Turkey."

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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