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Main Street in Frazee is packed every year for the Turkey Days parade. The parade will take place on Sunday, July 31.

Gobbling up good times: Frazee Turkey Days coming up

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Gobbling up good times: Frazee Turkey Days coming up
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For 57 years, the people of Frazee have come together summer after summer for one reason -- Frazee Turkey Days.

"This is a big one for us," said Dave Jopp, chairman of the event, "There are so many organizations around town participating and putting on events -- it really brings the community together."

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The weekend-long celebration begins Friday, July 29, but a "pre-event" on Monday, July 25, will see the crowning of the new Frazee Care Center King and Queen.

The more "seasoned" royal couple get their crowns at the Frazee Care Center at 2:30 p.m.

"It's really cool," said Jopp, "My mom was crowned queen a couple of years ago, and it's just fun. There's a coronation, and Miss Frazee and Miss Frazee Outstanding Teen are there."

An opening ceremony at Little Turkey Park kicks off the events at noon, where the first "Mystery Gobbler" clue will be given out.

"It's like a medallion hunt with a spin," Jopp said, "We give out clues at events and then if you figure out who the mystery gobbler is, you go up and ask them, and if you're right, you get the prize."

The entire weekend, party-goers will be able to enjoy a food court, a flea market, beer gardens and a Turkey Golf Scramble at the Frazee Golf Course.

On Friday, Harvest Fellowship Church is hosting a cowboy lunch from 11:30 to 2 p.m. in the Event Center.

"They do a western theme, and there will be barbecues, watermelon and chips for $6," Jopp said.

Adults and children pair up for the Sand Castle Contest at 2 p.m. at Town Lake Beach, followed by kids' and adults' water fights at 5 and 6 p.m. respectively.

That night, the band Trip Wire cranks up the tunes for the 18-year and older street dance.

"This year we're changing the location of that -- it'll be in the Frazee Event Center parking lot so that it doesn't get so congested," said Jopp, adding that the cost to get in is $8.

Turkey Days picks up bright and early the next day with a breakfast put on by the Frazee Sled Dog Club from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

Kids wanting to reel in a big one might want to eat early though, because the kids' fishing contest on Town Lake goes from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday.

"One of our newest business, The Bait Shop, is running that, and it's really fun; the kids get down on the lake and do some fishing for prizes."

The Dolores Smith Memorial Turkey Trot (5-K Run/Walk) also starts at 8 a.m. at Riverside Park.

It's $2 for walkers and $10 for runners (who also get a T-shirt).

Walking down the street in Frazee Saturday could get you a free theater show, as 'Climb' Theater performers will be randomly breaking out their talent for the first time at Turkey Days.

"Basically, it's a group of actors from the Cities that walk up and down the street and perform skits and stuff," said Jopp.

3-on-3 basketball in the event center parking lot is also new to the festivities this year, as the traditional Turkey Crawl, Jr. King and Queen Contest, Bean Bag Toss and kids' games add to the fun.

Promising to be a popular event this year, is the Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Main Street.

"There will be classic cars and motorcycles, and it features the Fiero, which was Tyler's favorite car," Jopp said of the Frazee teen who captured the hearts of Frazee residents and fellow car enthusiasts before succumbing to cancer last year.

A Road Rally takes over the town at 1.

"Basically it's a group of people in vehicles dressed up with a pirate type theme, and they go from check point to checkpoint gathering clues -- the first one back wins prizes," said Jopp.

United Methodist Church is holding a salad luncheon from 11-2 at the Event Center, as the Soap Box Derby and Kid's Pedal Tractor Pull and the Demolition Derby all rally the afternoon crowd.

"And this year for the first time, the Derby is being put on by the Frazee Rescue Squad, Frazee Fire Department and the Lions Club," said Jopp.

A Cake Walk and Raspberry Dessert Competition also sweeten the deal from 2-3 p.m., as the Miss Frazee and Miss Teen Pageant has several young ladies vying for royal status at 7:00 p.m. at the High School.

The older demographics of Frazee will be shakin' their tail feathers Saturday night, as an Old-Time Dance goes from 6-9 p.m. at the Event Center.

"There will be polka, waltzes and stuff," said Jopp, "It's an activity for the older demographic -- we really wanted to hit all the age groups."

A Teen Dance follows that up from 8-12 p.m. at the Frazee Elementary School.

And The Fat Cats will be adding to the ambiance with outdoor music at the Liquor Store from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

"Parade" is the word of the day on Sunday, as the trophy cars sit on display beginning at 10 before their parade at 1:45.

The Pet & Doll Parade goes from 12:45 to 1 p.m., and the Turkey Days Parade starts at 2.

"We've got somewhere between 75 to 100 units this year, so it's bigger than last year," said Jopp.

Wrapping up the event is the Pie & Ice Cream Social, Button Door Prize Drawing and a "Community Praise" event at 4.

"It really does say a lot for a community of this size to produce so many events and for all the churches and business to be so involved too," said Jopp. "It's so cool to see a community come together the way we do."

For more information on Frazee Turkey Days, go to www.FrazeeCommunityClub.com or call 1-800-407-2488.

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