Gobble up some fun at Turkeyfest

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 10, 2017 at 4:12 p.m.

Basically, Turkeyfest is a tale of two cities.

What started as a simple if unlikely dispute over the title "Turkey Capital of the World" has grown into a tradition that's 45 years strong and offers camaraderie, excitement and a reminder that making new friends is easier than getting a couple of turkeys to run down a street.

Friday marks the start of Cuero's yearly Turkeyfest, a weekend of festivities whose main attraction is the Great Gobbler Gallop race between Ruby Begonia, of Cuero, and Paycheck, of Worthington, Minn. The yearly race, along with the sister race held in Worthington in September, determines which city can rightfully call itself the "Turkey Capital of the World."

Whether you're a die-hard Ruby Begonia supporter or you've never been to one of these feather-flying footraces, coming out to Turkeyfest this weekend is a great way to support the Cuero community while experiencing a tradition that's as bizarrely unique as it is a testament of the possibility for the firmest of friendships to form over the most unlikely of pastimes.

The three-day festival offers something for just about every taste. Turkeyfest boasts a wide variety of shows and attractions including live music, magic, comedy, competitions and even a chainsaw artist (because every good festival has one). The race itself will be Saturday morning, while Sunday will be a more relaxed family-type day with events geared toward the little ones. The event's website, turkeyfest.org, has a calendar you can use to plan your weekend.

Of course, Turkeyfest is more than an opportunity to watch the latest matchup in the epic rivalry between two turkey-loving towns. That's because proceeds from the event are donated to nonprofit groups in Cuero. Past Turkeyfests have supported local efforts such as Lions Club, 4-H and Cuero Young Farmers - all groups that play an important role in building up the Cuero community.

There may be better ways to kick off the fall season than a turkey race, but we seriously doubt it. We hope to see you at Turkeyfest.

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


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