65th annual Turkey Trot in Yellville This Weekend

Jill M. Rohrbach
The 65th annual Turkey Trot is this weekend, Oct. 8-9 in Yellville, home of the oldest national wild turkey calling contest. It takes place on the courthouse square and includes a parade, quilt show, 5K run, lip sync contest, pizza gobble, art show, food, crafts, live music, pageants, turkey dinner, and a rodeo.

Back in the day, they would drop turkeys from a plane and people would try to catch them. It was considered a big deal – sort of an honor or rite of passage – if you caught one. They don’t drop live turkeys from planes anymore, but they still put on a heck of a festival. And the national wild turkey calling contest is serious business.

The event around the square is free. The pageant and calling contest is $5, and the turkey dinner is $8. Call 870-449-4676 for details.
Look below for this year’s schedule of events:

Friday October 8

Noon Opening Ceremonies
12:00 Crooked Creek Quilters Guild Show
Location: Junque (Old Manhart Drug Store)
12:30 Yellville-Summit Band
1:30 Flippin Band
2:30 Breadueax Pizza Gobble
3:00 Lip Sync Contest
5:30 Pitchpipe Quartet
6:30 Friday Night at Turkey Trot Begins
6:30 Ozark Mountain Express
8:00 Street Dance with Thundercrow
Midnight Square Closes

Saturday October 9

8:00 Square Opens
8:00 5K Run at the Yellville City Park
10:00 Mid-Marion County Rotary Club Parade
11:00 65th Annual National Wild Turkey Calling Contest
Location: Fred Berry Conservation Center
11:30 Hillbenders
12:30 Spring Street
1:30 South 14
3:30 Hillbenders
4:30 Raffle Winners Announced
4:45 Donnie Catron and Friends
4:30 Official Turkey Trot Dinner
Location: Yellville-Summit Cafeteria
7:00 Miss Turkey Trot/Miss Drumsticks Pageant
Location: Yellville-Summit Multipurpose Facility
7:00 Tommy Rand Rodeo
Location: Marion County Fairgrounds-Summit, AR
7:30 Street Dance with Buckshot
Midnight Square Closes
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