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Turkey Tuesday 2015

Live from Texas Thunder Radio!
05/04/2015

Members of 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.

Dubbed “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.

Announced 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.

Saturday’s 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 Americana tunes.

Bringing a 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.

Adding 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.

Performing Sunday 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.

It wasn’t 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.

Making a 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.

More 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.

Also 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 troupe.

The board 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.

Closing out 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.

The board 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. 

 

Turkey Tuesday 2015
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