the Cuero Turkeyfest Association took to the airwaves on Tuesday, April 21 to
reveal the music and family entertainment lineup for the 43rd Annual
Cuero Turkeyfest to be held Oct. 9-11. It may still be six months away, but the
organization wanted the community to know what steps have to be made far in
advance in order to stage a successful festival.
“Turkey Tuesday,” board members appeared on Texas Thunder Radio 94.3 FM to chat
with on-air personality Egon Barthels about what to expect. Starting with the
bands, it proved to be a very exciting hour.
first on the show was Friday night headliner Randy Rogers Band. Their tunes
like “Tonight’s Not the Night,” “Kiss Me in the Dark” and “Fuzzy” have cemented
them as one of the most important acts in country music. The opening act, LC
Rocks, is an exciting band out of Austin that performs spot-on covers of some
of the best 80s and 90s rock and metal that were at the top of the charts and
still rule the rock radio roost.
lineup included an eclectic mix that should strike an interest amongst many in
the community and beyond. The music kicks off with Tejano group Magnifico Siete
and continues with singer/songwriter Kylie Rae Harris and her upbeat country
slew of #1 country hits to town will be Joe Diffie. His songs like “Pickup
Man,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “Bigger than the Beatles” are instantly
recognizable to mainstream country fans and he will no doubt put on a great
show. Closing the night is William Clark Green and his Texas-centric brand of
contemporary rocking country hits.
something different to the scene this year will be DJ Reckshop. Playing both
nights, Reckshop will spin the hits in between sets and will turn the pavilion
into a rollicking dance party. There shouldn’t be a dull moment any minute
during the nightly dances.
are the Ennis Czech Boys. Lovers of traditional polkas and waltzes should come
out for this one as this group of young men play the tunes as perfectly as the
mighty Czech bands that have entertained the area for over a century.
just the high-caliber musical acts that were mentioned on the radio hour, but
the family lineup was dropped as well. This year, members of the Turkeyfest
committee took a trip to San Antonio in January for the Texas Fairs and Events
convention and came back with a few acts that are guaranteed to make the kids
howl with delight.
splash in the Ruby’s Kids Zone will be the Canine Stars Stunt Show. The
high-flying troupe of adopted dogs and former pound pups will prove that any
dog can be a star. A giant pool will be filled with thousands of gallons of
water for wonderful feats and leaps by these four-footed athletes.
critters will be roaming the park, perhaps turning it into a “Jurassic” one.
The Incredible Dinosaurs will have you believing that dinos really do exist
again, with a baby T-rex and full-size velociraptor roaring and making folks
wonder how they did that.
appearing will be roving entertainers Gator the Clown—who has been a hit at the
previous two festivals— and Steve the Pretty Good magician. Joining them will
be a stilt-walking cowgirl, roving musician and the Aerial Angels acrobatic
members also announced that the barbecue cook-off is open for registrants and
the food and commercial vendor applications are available online. Non-profit
organizations in the community were also encouraged to sign up.
the entertainment reveals was the announcement of the 2015 Ruby Begonia Race
Team. This year, Ruby looks to make it four-in-a-row in Great Gobbler Gallop
victories. Her team includes Michael Ruschaupt as captain, Brenda Martin as
coach, Laura Patek as handler, and serving as the community representative,
Anthony Netardus as a handler.
reminded listeners to check the organization’s website, www.turkeyfest.org for registration forms
and event times as they are made available. They look forward to putting on
another memorable event for the residents of Cuero and DeWitt County.