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Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

On July 29-31, Frazee will be hosting its annual Turkey Days celebration.

David Jopp, who is the chairman of this year's event, summed up Turkey Days aptly: "events for everybody and great food."

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This year's Turkey Days has the theme "Turkeys of the Caribbean," and will mostly continue in the tradition of acknowledging Frazee's most famous bird with three days of community-wide celebration.

"We're still doing all the same old events," Jopp said.

The most notable difference in this year's Turkey Days, as opposed to previous celebrations, is the location of the Lions Street Dance on the night of Friday, July 29.

While the dance has always been held in front of the Fire Hall, it will be moving to the Frazee Event Center parking lot for this Turkey Days. This is due to the fact that previous dances have created dangerous congestion near the Fire Hall by preventing fire trucks from leaving if needed.

"As a public safety measure, we moved it," Jopp said.

On the Saturday morning after the street dance, the Frazee Event Center will host a variety of food, and everyone is invited.

However, this is only the start of a very busy Turkey Day.

Saturday, July 30, will also include: the Tyler Shipman Car Show, a demo derby, a soapbox derby, a kids' fishing contest and sandcastle contest on Town Lake, and two dances.

One of these is the Old Timers' Dance, taking place in the Event Center, while the other is an all-ages event hosted by the Frazee Liquor Store and featuring local favorites The Fat Cats.

Sunday, July 31, will feature a second car show on Main Avenue, a possible 3-on-3 basketball tournament hosted by the high school principal, and many others.

"There are events all over the place for all age groups," Jopp said.

Additionally, a street theatre troupe will act throughout the weekend, the Frazee Golf Scramble will last the entirety of Turkey Days, and people will receive clues at Turkey Days events to find the "Mystery Gobbler" hiding amongst the crowd.

It being his first year as chairman (his wife Alecia is co-chair) Jopp said organizing Turkey Days was a challenging, yet uniquely rewarding, experience.

"It was a massive undertaking," Jopp said, but added that it was also "a lot of fun."

More than anything else, Jopp hopes this year's Turkey Days fulfills its long-standing purpose of bringing the Frazee community for a few fun-filled days.

"I think the thing that gets lost in this is that it's a community event," Jopp said.

Jopp wishes to thank everyone who contributed their time and talents to make this year's Turkey Days another success.

"It's really nice to see a lot of people get involved and go something positive," Jopp said.

For more information, call Jopp at (218) 334-4009. -- Nathan Kitzmann

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