Calling all superheroes, big and small... organizers of this year's Frazee Turkey Days celebration need your help to catch the archvillain, Shadow, who has been disrupting preparations for the 64th annual community festival left and right.
"She's been stealing candy from kids, disrupting city council meetings, and generally running amok around town," says Amber Bender, who is co-chairing the 2018 Turkey Days festivities along with Tyler "Mouse" King.
Bender says she expects the dastardly Shadow to make an appearance at several of the 60-plus events that will take place during the festival, running from July 27 through July 29 in Frazee.
"Superheroes, we need your help!" she said - and those who show up at the Saturday night street dance in costume will have the esteemed privilege to compete for cash prizes.
Speaking of the street dance, Bender says that after several years of being held in the liquor store parking lot, the event will once again be a real street dance this year.
"It's moving back to Main Street!" she said, noting that the dance runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, with featured band Ultrasound taking the stage at 9 p.m.
"The timing is really good for those going to the demo derby at the (Becker County) fair," she said, adding that the street dance starts right around the same time as the demolition derby concludes in Detroit Lakes - and Frazee is just a short hop down Highway 10.
"The VFW will be serving up drinks at the bar," she said, noting that this is an event designed for ages 18 and up. "We're hoping for the biggest crowd we've ever had."
There is a $5 cover charge to attend the street dance. Proceeds will go to support the Frazee Area Community Club, which hosts the annual Turkey Days celebration.
Though the street dance is expected to be one of the biggest draws of the festival, Turkey Days actually has over 60 activities on the schedule this year, Bender added - starting with a few "pre-events" that take place on Monday, July 23 and Thursday, July 26.
These include crowning of Frazee Care Center's king and queen on Monday at 2:30 p.m., and the kickoff party on Thursday at the VFW, which runs from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and features music by the Get Over It band.
Also on Thursday, there will be Bingo in the Frazee Care Center lobby starting at 2:30 p.m., with free cards for participants, and a new event, the Frazee History Walk.
"We will be having a history tour on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. in the Frazee clinic parking lot," Bender said.
"Also new this year is the Puppy Plunge, which takes place Friday at 3 p.m.," she added, noting that they had received some valuable advice from organizers of the Northwest Water Carnival Pup Plunge in planning the inaugural event, which takes place on Town Lake. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m.
Also on Friday afternoon, there will be Turkey Bingo at the Frazee Care Center from noon to 4 p.m.; pontoon rides on Town Lake, starting every hour on the hour from 12-3 p.m., which will be hosted by the Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing; and a sand castle contest on the Town Lake beach, starting at 2 p.m. Cost to register for the sand castle contest is $5 per team, which can include one adult and one kid under age 12.
The Turkey Days opening ceremonies will officially kick off the festival at 4 p.m. Friday in Little Turkey Park, while over at the baseball field, the Frazee Flames base will be hosting a game, with Flames alumni taking on current team members starting at 6 p.m.
There will also be an Old-Time Dance at the Frazee Event Center from 6-10 p.m. Friday, featuring music by Maria & the Boys, and a parking lot party at the VFW, featuring music by the David Lee Trio, gets underway at 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, over at the Harvest Fellowship Church, Family Night activities get underway at 6 p.m. Friday, with t-shirt tie-dying, inflatable games, concessions and a free movie at dusk, Turkey Days kicks into high gear on Saturday and Sunday (July 28, 29) which are jam-packed with events from dawn to dusk.
Saturday's slate is quite full, starting with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Event Center, hosted by candidates for the Miss Frazee and Outstanding Teen competition that takes place that evening at 7 p.m. inside the Frazee-Vergas High School gymnasium.
There will also be a "Junior King and Queen Contest" for candidates up to 6 years of age, which is set to take place in the high school gymnasium at 10 a.m. with registration at 9:30.
Also for the kids, there will be a fishing contest on Town Lake starting at 8 a.m., with separate divisions for kids aged 1-7 and 8-15. Participants are asked to bring their own poles, though bait will be provided.
Two kids' events are also being sponsored by the Frazee Sportsmen's Club on Saturday, a Homemade Birdhouse Contest at 9 a.m. and a Wood Duck House Building Contest at 1:30 p.m. Both events are free, and will be held on Main Street.
Kids who have just barely learned to crawl will also be able to get in on the fun with the annual Turkey Crawl, set to take place at 10:30 a.m. in the high school gym (registration starts at 10 a.m.). The Community Club is hosting a Selfie Booth on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday as well, with prizes awarded to the best photos submitted.
Two events named in honor of Frazee residents who are gone, but not forgotten, will also take place on Saturday: The Dolores Smith Memorial Turkey Trot - a 5K run/walk - gets underway at 8 a.m., with registration starting at 6:30 in Riverside Park, while the Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show gets underway at 10 a.m. on Main Avenue, continuing until 3 p.m.
"The car show has gotten really big," Bender said; the event is open to all makes and models of both cars and motorcycles.
There will also be Inflatable Games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Turkey Bowling at 11:30 a.m., a Soap Box Derby at 1 p.m. (registration starts at noon), a Pedal Tractor Pull at 1:30 p.m., and Turkey Bingo at the Frazee Event Center from 1 to 4 p.m. as well.
Fun for the adults begins at 8 a.m. with the Street Fair, which runs until 4 p.m. on Main; registration starts at 11 a.m. for the Bean Bag Toss at the Frazee Liquor Store (must be age 21 and up to enter), which gets underway at noon. The Road Rally sets off from the Event Center alleyway that afternoon as well, with registration starting at 11:30 a.m.
By popular demand, the Beard Competition at the Frazee VFW is also back for another year, starting at 3:30 p.m. (registration at 2:30). And rounding out the afternoon's activities is the annual Water Fights, with the kids' division starting at 4 p.m. outside the fire hall, and the adult competition getting underway at 5:30 p.m.
Once the kids have burned off their excess energy with all the morning and afternoon activities, they can join their parents at the FHS Band's annual Spaghetti Supper, set from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Event Center. After the queens have been crowned at the high school that evening, and the street dance is underway downtown, there will be fireworks to cap off the day's festivities at dusk (you can watch them from the football field bleachers, which will be open for viewing).
Though Sunday's schedule is a little less jam-packed, there's still plenty to do, starting with an outdoor worship service for the whole community at 9 a.m. in Riverside Park, featuring a live praise band (in case of rain the event will be held inside the Harvest Church). People of all religious affiliations are welcome, though they are asked to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Antique and restored tractors will be on display along Main Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon (registration at 8 a.m.), adjoining the motorcycle show on Main Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon.
Youth activities will get underway with kids' games on Main Avenue starting at 11 a.m., hosted by the Frazee Parent-Teacher Organization. This will be followed by the Pet & Doll Parade at 1:15 p.m., with registration at 12:45 p.m. outside Frazee Family Foods, and judging at 1 p.m. Don't forget to stop by the vacant lot at 100 East Main, where the Frazee Kaotic Robotics program will be serving up an old-fashioned ice cream exhibit starting at 9 a.m.; ice cream will also be sold at costs of $2-$4, while supplies last.
The Frazee Community Club will host a Turkey Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. inside the Event Center, (cost is $6 per person, or $3 for kids under age 6), followed by the Parade of Wheels at 1:30 p.m. on Main Avenue.
The Parade of Wheels is open to all participants in Saturday's car show as well as Sunday's motorcycle and tractor shows; in fact, it includes wheeled vehicles of any and all descriptions; both the Pet & Doll Parade and the Parade of Wheels will be following a reverse route from the grand parade, with lineup taking place at Riverside Park (past the Essentia Health clinic).
The Turkey Days Grand Parade gets underway at 2 p.m. on Main Avenue, featuring grand marshal Angie Harmer (her husband, the late Don Harmer, was also named as honorary grand marshal). Lineup begins at 1 p.m. near the Frazee Elementary School practice field.
After the parade, the Frazee United Methodist Church will be hosting an Ice Cream Social at the Event Center, and there will be a pizza eating contest starting at 3:30 p.m. in front of All In All. The ever-popular Demolition Derby gets underway at 3:30 p.m. on Main Avenue (a Power Wheels Derby for the kids will be held right before the competition), followed by the Gobbler Karaoke Contest from 6 to 10 p.m. at the VFW, featuring "karaoke with a twist."
As if all that weren't enough, there are a variety of ongoing events taking place throughout the weekend. There will be a Mystery Gobbler Contest (in memory of local resident Marvin Mickelson) with clues starting at the opening ceremonies and continuing until the prize is found; the Food Court on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on West Main; a Turkey Golf Scramble at the Frazee Golf Course on Friday and Saturday; a Flower Show and Silent Auction at the Event Center on Saturday and Sunday; a Beer Garden at the Frazee Liquor Store, Friday through Sunday; and painting classes at the Frazee High School art room on both Friday and Saturday.
A complete, downloadable schedule is available online at www.frazeecommunityclub.com; updates will also be posted on the club's Facebook page, along with photos from the weekend.
For more information, please call 218-334-2124 or 1-800-407-2488, or direct emails to email@example.com.