Turkey Days: Schave completes one last lap in son's former derby car
Schave is joined by granddaughter for honorary lap
FRAZEE — Noel Schave and his granddaughter Jasmine wore long-faces as they rolled onto the Turkey Days Demolition Derby grounds Sunday, July 31. Before their third lap, a zoomed in camera could see smiles forming.
Noel, 80, and his wife Mona, 78, lost their son Scott (and 14-year-old Jasmine lost her father) due to complications with COVID-19. The Richville residents learned Scott's friend's had purchased his last derby car and rebuilt it. They asked them to take a lap in Scott's honor, and then raffled the car off with proceeds going to Jasmine. Brian Totland reported that $1,600 was raised in the raffle.
The derby fun followed the 68th annual Turkey Days parade. While a slight mist began mid-parade, Main Avenue and the side streets of the parade route remained lined with area residents and visitors.
In addition to the demolition derby, the four-day festival provided plenty of entertainment for all ages. Other big draws included the Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show and Miss Frazee pageant, both of which were held on Saturday, July 30.
The car show began in 2010, after 18-year-old rural Frazee resident Tyler Shipman passed due to cancer. Organizer and Tyler's mom, Daneele Shipman, reported this year's event had 77 entrants.
The Miss Frazee and Miss Frazee Teen pageants had nine total entrants. Taking home the Miss Frazee crown was Marcella George. Katie Courneya was presented with the teen crown.