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Turkey Days starts Thursday in Frazee

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Each year in Frazee, when it comes time to plan the largest event the town sees, it comes down to two people, the co-chairs of Turkey Days. This year, those two are Karen Gray and Dave Jopp.

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Gray served as co-chair last year, and next year, Jopp will serve as co-chair with someone else, therefore always having a veteran planner along with the newbie.

"The first year doesn't require as much hair coloring," Gray joked.

This year's annual event starts Thursday, and Jopp and Gray are ready to roll. But it wasn't always that way.

"My initial answer was no," Jopp said when Gray approached him about co-chairing this year's event.

"You know, sometimes you have too much on your plate, and I've chaired events in other towns I've lived in before and it really, really is a daunting task."

But, after some more consideration, Jopp agreed.

Gray said she chose Jopp to be her co-chair not only for his fun personality, but also because she thought it would be nice to have a male figure leading the way again since it's been quite a few years.

"It's just really nice to get a different perspective," she said.

She said she's known Jopp a little over the years, and "thought that he'd be a lot of fun and bring a lot of fresh new insight."

To add to the mix, this year is the fifth all-school reunion, and several group events are planned. In promoting the all-school reunion, the theme for this year's event is "Bird and the Bees."

Working up to the big date, Jopp said it's been "extremely fun. I've enjoyed it so far. I like working with other business people in town and chewing on different ideas."

A few of the highlighted events include the Mystery Gobbler, flea market, golf scramble, flower show and VFW beer gardens throughout the four-day celebration. Thursday will feature bingo, the kick-off party and Night of Remembrance.

"The kick-off this year will also celebrate Daggett Truck Line being in business for 80 years," Gray said. "That's quite a feat."

The all-school reunion committee is putting on the Night of Remembrance, paying tribute to classmates that have passed away.

By tying the all-school reunion and Turkey Days together, some changes needed to be made to accommodate for both events.

"There were events that have gone on in the past specifically for Turkey Days that may have been modified, or even put on the back burner for this year so the all school reunion could have their events in there as well," Gray said.

Friday includes breakfast, the sand castle contest, the turkey crawl, water fights and the street dance.

Tripwire will be providing the music for the street dance. The Fargo band is listed as playing rock/pop/alternative music on its MySpace page.

During the dinner and talent show Friday night, the Miss Frazee and Miss Outstanding Teen contestants will be serving the meal.

Saturday is the big day for events including a 5k run/walk, memorial car show, Road Rally, soap box derby, cakewalk, demolition derby, Miss Frazee and Miss Outstanding Teen pageant and teen dance.

"Something that is very near and dear to my heart is the first annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show," Gray said.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and judging is at 3 p.m. It is open to any model of car, not just Fieros.

The Fat Cats will be playing at the Liquor Store Saturday night with no cover charge.

Jopp said he's especially looking forward to the Fat Cats performance because they are "good buddies" of his.

Sunday includes a historical walking tour of Frazee, pet and doll parade, pie and ice cream social, and of course, the Turkey Days Parade. And don't forget the food.

"The turkey luncheon, which is a big deal every year, we always get a very good turnout for that," Gray said of the Sunday event. "And it is a very good meal."

For a complete list of events and times, visit www.frazeecommunityclub.com.

"From year to year it doesn't typically change that much, so you go from what worked last year to the following year and you throw in a few little things of your own," Gray said.

It's the people behind the scenes making the wheels go round.

"A huge bunch of gratitude to all the people who work behind the scenes that helped me go ahead and put this together," Gray said. "Dave, the Community Club, all of the volunteers -- without all of those people, this weekend would not be the success that it is."

Regardless of the activities attended, it promises to be a good time for the whole family.

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