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Frazee Turkey Days starts Thursday

A good way to kick off Frazee's Turkey Days? The kick-off party on Thursday, obviously.

The party will be filled with food (think turkey) and fun. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there will be a turkey surprise supper, with entertainment at 5:30 p.m. with the North Star Cloggers. The turkey baby crawl starts at 7 p.m., and a turkey calling contest at 7:30 p.m.

Although that begins the official kick-off, Turkey Days had a few pre-show events as well.

Friday was the first Junior Miss Frazee Pageant, with Stacey Quittschreiber taking home the crown. On Monday, Lawrence Neu and Hilma Haukebo were crowned Frazee Care Center King and Queen.

"The pre-events were wonderful," Co-Chair Rita Stelzer said.

Stelzer's co-chair this year is Barb Miller, and it's a first to have two women at the helm.

Stelzer said it's "new and interesting" to have the two women chairs, but there's not necessarily an advantage to it.

With the Junior Miss Pageant being a success, Stelzer said she hopes it will continue for years to come. And with Thursday as the start of the main events, everyone has something to look forward to.

"My favorite is the parade, of course, but everyone has their favorite," she said.

Grand Marshals of this year's parade are Bobby and Eleanor Rethwisch.

In fitting with the "Turkeys in the Tropics" theme this year, a new event is Saturday's Hawaiian Luau, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center. Get ready for limbo and watermelon eating contests.

"There's a theme every year, and we were looking for something easy," Stelzer said of the tropical theme.

She said it began with a beach theme and blossomed into tropics from there.

"It's been a lot of fun," she said. "I hope people can juggle schedules to fit in some Frazee events and the Becker County Fair."

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And for all things turkey, visit Frazee for the annual Turkey Days celebration.

July 26-29

• Mystery Gobbler. Clues given at events, first clue at the Kick-Off Party. Posted at Frazee Forum. $100 prize.

• Food Court. Friday, Saturday & Sunday behind UCBank & VFW.

• Family Craft & Street Fair, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Ash Avenue West.

• Annual Turkey Golf Scramble, Thursday, Friday or Saturday at Frazee Golf Course. Shotgun start at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

• Silent Auction at 5 p.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Sunday in the Event Center foyer.

Thursday, July 26

• Kick-Off Party from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Event Center.

• WDAY World War II Honor Flight video and speech is at 8 p.m., Frazee Event Center.

Friday, July 27

• Sand Castle Contest, 2 p.m., Town Lake Beach.

• Flower Show, 4 p.m. Thursday to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Event Center.

• Kids Carnival, 4-6 p.m., Event Center.

• Taco in a Bag, 4-8 p.m., Event Center.

• Water Fights, 6 p.m., West Main Avenue.

• Remote Control Car Races, 6:30 p.m., W. Main Avenue.

• Street Dance, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., W. Main Avenue. $8, October Road, no one under 18 admitted, IDs required.

Saturday, July 28

• Turkey Days Breakfast, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Event Center.

• Dolores Smith Memorial Turkey Trot-5K Run/Walk, 7:15 a.m. register, sliding hill, E. Main Avenue. 8 a.m. race.

n Kids Fishing Contest, 8-9 a.m., Town Lake.

• Jr. King & Queen Contest, 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. pageant, FHS gym.

• Little League Baseball Tourney, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Ball fields.

• Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., W. Main Avenue. $5 admission.

• Salad Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Event Center. $5.

• Road Rally, 1 p.m., register at Little Turkey Park 12:30, $10 per car.

• Soap Box Derby, 1 p.m., W. Main Avenue.

• Live Outdoor Music, 2-5 p.m. United Community Bank parking lot.

• Grease Pole Climb & Straw Dig, 2:30 p.m., W. Main Avenue, register at site.

• Kids Games, 2:30-4 p.m., W. Main Avenue.

• Hillbilly Horseshoes, 3 p.m., east side of Frazee Liquor Store.

• Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull, 3:30 p.m., FHS parking lot.

• Hawaiian Luau, 4:30-7 p.m., Frazee Event Center, $5.

• Battle of the Bands, 6 p.m., UCBank parking lot.

• Miss Frazee Pageant, 7 p.m., FHS auditorium, $5 admission.

• Turkey Trivia & DJ, 7-9 p.m., Frazee Bar.

• Teen Dance, 8 p.m., Elementary gym.

• From the Heart DJ, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Frazee VFW

• Live Outdoor Music, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 3rd Crossing Bar, dance to Blind Joe.

Sunday, July 29

• Car Show, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., E. Main Avenue.

• Turkey Luncheon, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Event Center, $6, under 6 $3

• Pet & Doll Parade. Register at 12:15 by Jack & Jill. Judging at 12:45; parade at 1 p.m.

Parade of Cars, 1:15 p.m., Main Avenue

• Ministry of Jazz, 12:30 p.m., W. Main Avenue.

• Turkey Days Parade, 2 p.m., Main Avenue.

Pie & Ice Cream Social, immediately following parade, Event Center.

• Demolition Derby, 3:45 p.m., W. Main Avenue. Admission is $5, under 6 free.

Party to Go DJ, 6-10 p.m., Frazee VFW.