Annual Turkey Festival, Eldon, MO
The community of Eldon, Missouri and its Chamber of Commerce will host the 25th edition of its annual Turkey Festival in September. As usual the event kicks off with an "all you can eat" pancake and sausage breakfast, hosted by the Kiwanis club from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. This anticipated breakfast is held at the delightfully named Buzzer McGee's Dining Room in the 100 block of Maple Street.
The event began a quarter of a century ago as a way to recognize and celebrate the status of Miller County as one of the top producing areas in the turkey industry (wild and domestic). Excellent turkey-related dishes and foods are available, along with a wide range of other delicacies. Artists and craftsmen from miles around journey to the festival each year to show and sell their handiwork.
Many visitors eagerly anticipate viewing the ornate and beautiful quilts on display during the quilt show. Others are fascinated by the variety of farm and industrial equipment exhibited at the Old-Time Machinery Show.
Music entertainment begins early in the morning, with bands playing every 30 minutes or one hour. Bands such as Steve Mossman and Gang, Adam Willis and the New Life Assembly of God Youth Parade can be heard on the Gospel Stage (3rd and Maple streets).
The Eldon, Missouri Turkey Festival is held annually on the last Saturday of September and regularly attracts as many as 12,000 people. On the North Stage (North and maple streets) you may hear the likes of Six Pak Band, Ozark Mountain Cloggers, Mule Kicker Cloggers and you may even see a Tae Kwon Do demonstration. As always, if you plan to visit the Eldon Turkey Festival, contact the Chamber of Commerce in Eldon for scheduling details.
But wait, there's more! The West Stage at City Hall (1st and Oak streets) will offer music and several displays, including motorcycles and other vehicles. A car show is organized and presented annually on Oak Street between North and 3rd streets. At the Community Center visitors can enjoy family entertainment (maybe even a magic show). Separate admission fees are charged for Community Center activities.
One of the highlights of the day is the Turkey Festival Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. The parade begins at 2nd and Pine streets.
Other events and activities include carnival rides and games, bed races on 2nd and Mill streets, Super Farmer Contest and the assembly and distribution of a 100-foot-long turkey sub sandwich. It's sure to be a day full of fun.