Turkey Fest begins today as hunters take the field, but the real action begins Saturday morning on the courthouse square in Henrietta with a day of family entertainment.
The festival begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m., followed by an old-fashioned street dance organized by the Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department from 6 p.m to midnight. The event includes the second annual Turkey Cook-Off and the first annual Turkey Fest Quilt Show.
Saturday’s events kick off with a live performance by the Bluegrass Association. Also performing throughout the day are Erick Wills and Jay Hollis.
The quilt show and demonstration, organized by the Bluegrove Memory Makers, opens in the Holman Center at 10 a.m. Live turkey races begin at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, Buck Shot will begin making his way around the square to give turkey calling demonstrations.
Magician Steve Mills will wow the crowd with a magic act, performing at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Mills is described as an all-American, Fun-loving magician who loves to put smiles on faces.
The Turkey Scholarship Barrel Race, which offers college funds for high school seniors, takes place at noon. Participating teams construct turkey-themed, man-powered vehicles and race them around a pattern. Teams are judge on speed and artistic styling.
The square will be full of vendors offering food, shopping opportunities, and children’s activities.
The Henrietta FFA will be on hand to teach youth how to make a homemade turkey call and the University of North Texas Quail research team will show landowners ways to improve habitat for the Bobwhite.
Nellie Quiet Dove returns this year to demonstrate lace making and construct dream catchers. Children can also paint at the Home Depot booth. A petting zoo will feature everything from rabbits to wallabies.
The Franklin Murphy Band kicks off the dance. The band, made up of Mike Franklin, Jeff Ayres, Rodney Garrison, Christ Beauchamp and Mark Murphey, plays country, rock, Christian and more. Charla Corn, a Texas singer-songwriter and on-air personality on 95.9 The Ranch Radio, will take the stage later in the evening. A guitar autographed by Charla Corn will be auctioned.
Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes. P2 will sell beer at the event.
Full Strut Banquet
A few tickets remain for the Full Strut Banquet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. This year, the banquet will be in Pioneer Hall, located at the Clay County Pioneer Association grounds. Tickets are $50 each. During the banquet, winning hunting teams will be announced and winners of the Battle of the Beards announced. The banquet includes a silent auction, and concludes with a live auction for hunts with the celebrity teams and other items.