In the Lakes Area, Thanksgiving isn't the only day deemed "turkey day." Frazee has been hosting Turkey Days for 65 years, starting in 1954. Every year, people come to town and gobble up the turkey legs that vendors sell and attend the numerous events.
This year will be no different, with the turkey legs, Turkey Trot, Turkey Bingo-all the favorite turkey things returning to town. To commemorate the 65 years, the Frazee Community Club also added some "throwback events" from past years, such as the Turkey Drop, Greased Pole and Hay Scramble.
"The theme is Taking a Drive through 65," Mark Flemmer, Frazee Community Club President, wrote via email.
Although the crowning of the Frazee Care Center King and Queen (2:30 p.m. Monday, July 22) is the first event of Turkey Days, the opening ceremony isn't until Thursday, July 25. The Frazee VFW hosts the ceremony at 6 p.m., which Flemmer shared will include a silver dollar drawing for people wearing the Turkey Days button. Community Club members will continue presenting silver dollars throughout the weekend to people wearing the button as well.
Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, bring the heat of the events, with Saturday featuring 28 different things to do.
"Friday will include lake events like pontoon rides, sand castle contest and puppy plunge," Flemmer wrote.
Family night is also on Friday at 6 p.m. at Harvest Fellowship Church, which brings outdoor inflatables and a movie. After that gets done, adults (21+) can go to the VFW's parking lot party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The David Lee Trio is performing for a $5 cover charge.
Starting bright and early at 8 a.m. Saturday is the Dolores Smith Memorial Turkey Trot. Participants can choose to run, walk or trot the 5K. They'll want to finish the trot before 10:30 a.m. so they can go to the biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Frazee Event Center.
The Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shipman died from synovial sarcoma cancer on Feb. 14, 2009. The show is held in his memory and organized by his family, but especially his mother Daneele.
"It's been super healing and a great journey," Daneele said. "It's really hard for us, people come and it's a reminder that Tyler's not here, but it's a great reminder of what happened when he was here."
The car show has seen a lot of changes in the past 10 years, attracting more than just cars. Now they have vehicles of all kinds, including motorcycles. They also started the #PayItForwardForTyler campaign, have awarded more than 25 scholarships to graduating Frazee seniors, and last year the Shipman family started using some of their proceeds to help families in need.
This year, they plan to do the same thing again, but even bigger. Ten acts of kindness is what Daneele's daughter, Cassidy, came up with. She is missing the car show this year to train for the National Guard, but she wanted to help come up with something special to do. The full video of all of these acts is on the car show's Facebook page.
Daneele knows that they have an aggressive goal this year, but she is hoping that they will have a large showing of cars to help make their goal achievable.
While the car show is wrapping up, the three "throwback events" take place between 1 and 3:30 p.m. The new Miss Frazee and Miss Frazee's Outstanding Teen will be crowned at 7 p.m. in the Frazee High School gym, and following that is the street dance.
"We will again finish off the night with our fireworks display," Flemmer wrote.
The new royalty will be busy going to as many events as possible on Sunday, July 28, including the Turkey Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. they will be in their crowns and gowns at the parade, joined by all the contestants. Sunday will wrap up with the well-loved Demolition Derby at 3:30 p.m., which has $7 admission fee, and "The Gobbler" karaoke from 6 to 10 p.m. at the VFW.
"We encourage everyone to come to town and enjoy all the festivities," Flemmer wrote.
• Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28, in Frazee.
• Schedule of events available at •" target="_blank">www.frazeecommunityclub.com/. •
•Tyler Shipman Memorial Car show story available at https://www.tylershipmanmemorialcarshow.com/about-us.html and a Detroit Lakes Tribune feature story at https://bit.ly/2Gj4U7b.