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Turkey Days a gobbling good time

The Frazee Turkey Days demo derby will take place on Sunday, July 29, at 3:30 p.m. on West Main Avenue. (Pippi Mayfield/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
The Turkey Days parade starts at 2 p.m. on July 29. (Pippi Mayfield/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

Frazee Turkey Days is back July 27 through 29, with several new events to accompany this year's "Gizzard of Oz" theme.

Most closely related to the theme is probably the new gizzard-eating contest. Contestants will be vying to see who can eat the most pickled gizzards at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at the Frazee Liquor Store.

"I can't fathom doing that myself," joked Turkey Days chair Aleisa Jopp.

Another new event for this year is the senior citizen pontoon rides July 27, leaving every hour from 1 to 4 p.m. on Town Lake. Register with Frazee Community Ed at 334-3181.

There will also be an Antique and Restored Tractor Show on the morning of Sunday, July 29, and Turkey Days organizers are still looking for people who would like to "show off their tractors." Those interested should call 849-7441.

The tractor show isn't the only event still seeking participants. Jopp said they're still looking for Street Fair/Flea Market vendors. The cost is $10 per day.

The Turkey Days organizers are also seeking people who would like to show their flowers and plants at the Flower Show. Both the market and Flower Show run for the whole weekend. For more information on participating in either event, visit

A few other new additions to the festival include 3-on-3 basketball, a 7-on-7 passing tournament, Beast Mode Challenge, The Gobbler karaoke, Chad Jutz "Armour All" Cars on display, and Turkey Bowling.

While Turkey Days always has children's activities, there will be a little more for the kids to do this year. Ottertail Inflatables is providing inflatable games from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28. There will also be face painting, temporary tattoos and nail art.

"It's like a mini kids carnival this year," Jopp said. "We're really trying to do the kids area nice this year."

Another tradition that happens every year, but is just a little different this year, is the fireworks. While Frazee's firework show is normally on the Fourth of July, this year it was saved for Turkey Days. The show will be at the baseball field at dusk, July 28.

Also that night is a live music show by the Fat Cats from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Frazee Liquor Store. Opening for the Fat Cats is musician David Lee.

The festival is also, of course, featuring the traditionally favorite events. On July 28 there's the Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show, Jr. King and Queen Contest and Miss Frazee & Miss Teen pageants. Then the 29th hosts the Turkey Days Parade, Pet and Doll Parade, Turkey Luncheon and Demolition Derby.

The Grand Marshals for Frazee Turkey Days 2012 are Gary and Karlene Negen.

"Most people know them as Mr. and Mrs. Claus around Christmas-time," Jopp said. "They do a million and one things for our community."

Jopp has had a lot of help with planning from her two co-chairs, Jolene Tappe and Rhonda Ueke.

"I've loved the planning and organizing," Jopp said. "It's been very cool to work with the community on this."

She's excited for Turkey Days, and said it's always been one of her favorite festivals.

"Gizzard of Oz" T-shirts and buttons are available at Frazee area businesses.

For more information on any of the events or activities, visit or call Jopp at 234-9415.