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Turkey Days: Schave completes one last lap in son's former derby car

Schave is joined by granddaughter for honorary lap

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Noel Schave and his granddaughter Jasmine took a lap before the Turkey Days Demolition Derby. Noel and Mona Schave lost their son (and Jasmine's father) Scott Schave to COVID-19. Family friends located, purchased and rebuilt Scott's last derby car and asked his family to take an honorary lap.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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.

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Bently Riggles, 5, was happy to collect a handful of candy during the Turkey Days parade. The son of Samantha Riggles was visiting his grandparents, Chuck and Lisa Turcotte of Frazee.
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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.

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Karlene and Gary Negen tossed candy to the Turkey Days parade crowd from the Frazee Lions float.
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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.

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Members of the Miss Frazee pageant and Miss Frazee Teen pageant joined the Turkey Days parade.
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Hank Ludtke, who was the former Mayor of Frazee and is involved in several committees for the betterment of the city, was named the 2022 Turkey Days Grand Marshal.
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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.

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The Turkey Days Demolition Derby was well attended on Sunday, July 31. The crowd rose before the event as the National Anthem was sung.
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Rhonda Tweeter of United Community Bank handed out plenty of icy pops during the Turkey Days parade.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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