Frazee celebrates Turkey Days

The Frazee community celebrated its 67th Annual turkey Days festival this past week, July 22-24, with various turkey-themed events including bowling, bingo, a golf scramble and "Mystery Gobbler" scavenger hunt as well as a parade, fireworks, street dance, Miss Frazee Pageant and demolition derby.

Frozen turkeys became bowling balls for Saturday afternoon's Turkey Bowling competition at the 67th Annual Turkey Days celebration in Frazee. Other turkey-themed events included a golf scramble, bingo, Turkey Crawl and Turkey Drop. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

After a one-year absence due to COVID-19, Frazee's Turkey Days came roaring back this past weekend with more than 50 family-friendly activities held between Thursday and Sunday, July 22-25.

The 2021 Mystery Gobblers, Ken Miosek and Sharon Jons, were identified almost right away on Thursday, when both the opening ceremony and kickoff party were held.

Friday's festivities included popular Turkey Days events from years past, such as a Sand Castle Contest and Old-Time Dance, as well as new events like "Pizza, Pitchers & Puzzles," with 13 teams filling up the roster for the inaugural competition.

Saturday's festivities included a Frozen T-Shirt Contest and various festival-appropriate events like the Turkey Crawl, Turkey Bowling, Turkey Bingo and Turkey Drop.


Other popular events included face painting by Painted Turtle and the 12th Annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show.

Braylee Riewer, also known as the 2019 Miss Frazee's Outstanding Teen, had a beautiful butterfly painted on her left cheek Saturday afternoon by Tiffany Wheelright of The Painted Turtle, who had a booth set up on Frazee's Main Street for the community's annual Turkey Days celebration. Braylee passed on her crown to Annalynn Wallin that evening, while Katelynn Mack was crowed as Miss Frazee 2021. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

The 12th Annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show was held Saturday afternoon as part of Frazee's annual Turkey Days celebration. A variety of vintage and classic vehicles were on display in the parking lot of Frazee-Vergas High School. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

A new Miss Frazee and Miss Frazee's Outstanding Teen were crowned at the conclusion of Saturday night's scholarship pageant, with Katelyn Mack and Annalynn Wallin taking home the Miss Frazee and Frazee's Outstanding Teen titles, respectively.


Fireworks and a street dance rounded out the evening's entertainment, and the festival came to a close Sunday afternoon with a turkey luncheon, parade and demolition derby.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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