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Kids wait patiently along Frazee’s Main Street for fire trucks and other parade participants during Frazee Turkey Days. The annual event is scheduled for July 26-28 this year. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

Turkey Days will be gobbling good time

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With a rich history, the annual Frazee Turkey Days continues to unite the community and serve as a favorite event for many in the area.

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“It was originally a community appreciation day,” Jolene Tappe said of its beginning as a celebration of the surrounding turkey farms.

Tappe remembers enjoying the festivities years ago, as the event has become part of her personal history.

“When I was a kid, I loved to come into town just to be a part of Turkey Days. Just to be downtown on Main Street on Saturday afternoon with all of the people and the events gave me goose bumps,” she recalled.

The 59th annual Turkey Days are sure to carry on the long established tradition of community fun. While many of the events have changed, the spirit of the celebration has endured the years, and July 26-28 will be brimming with something for everyone.

This year, chair Tappe, and co-chairs Rhonda Ueke and Daneele Shipman have chosen the theme “I’ve Got a Good Feeling.”

“I wanted something that you could take any way you wanted,” Tappe said, noting that the theme has broad and flexible applications. “It could be about going into the Little League Tournament, or even just about the weather.”

An opening ceremony on Friday, July 26, at 4 p.m. officially kicks off the event. The water fights, bingo and a community street dance with music from the Roosters will also serve to fill the first day of festivities.

Saturday opens with the Turkey Trot 5k run/walk through some beautiful Frazee scenery and down main streets of the community.

A breakfast, fishing contest, junior king and queen pageants, Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show and inflatable games are sure to keep the day busy.

The 2013 Myrel Schermerhorn Beast Mode Challenge will be held on Saturday morning on the high school football field. This year promises to be larger than ever, and will offer $2,500 in scholarships and prizes.

All ages are invited to participate, and teams of four are also welcome.

The challenge consists of push-ups, pull ups (or modified arm hang for females), sit ups, and a one mile run, and is held in memory of Schermerhorn, who passed away in 2011.

The Miss Frazee Pageant, a teen dance and fireworks will continue Saturday’s celebration after dark, and the Fat Cats will perform at 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Frazee Liquor Store.

A tractor and classic car show, which according to Tappe was “a hit last year,” will line the streets on Sunday.

The community will come together for the Turkey Days Parade followed by a turkey lunch and the demolition derby to close another annual celebration.

New this year is a photo contest, and Tappe said pictures from past Turkey Days can be submitted to the Frazee Community Club website or email at frazeecommunityclub@gmail.com.

Visit the website for additional information about the many events offered this year.

“As a teacher, it (Turkey Days) marks the unofficial end to summer,” Tappe said, before thoughts must turn to the coming school year.

“It’s people enjoying the small community — that’s what it’s all about,” she added.

All are welcome to take part in the activities and join in the celebration of Frazee’s heritage, adding another chapter to the history of Turkey Days.

Libby Larson | DL-Online

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