Cuero Turkeyfest back for the 45th year

CUERO, Texas – Mark your calendars for the 45th Annual Cuero Turkeyfest this Oct. 13-15th in Cuero, TX for fun, friendship and turkey racin’!

Included in this family-friendly event are all-day activities including the jalapeno eating contest, BBQ cookoff and kid-friendly events such as Doug Moreland Chainsaw Carvings, the Kid’s Cook Off, and several clowns and magicians.

This is in addition to the popular annual children’s tractor pull and turkey egg hunt. “Turkeyfest is THE event in the fall in South Texas, pulling a huge crowd from our hometown of Cuero as well as the surrounding cities.

We love bringing popular entertainment and a family friendly festival to Cuero each year,” said Turkeyfest President James Rath. The event kicks off Friday evening with the IBCA BBQ Cook-offs head cooks’ meeting.

Chat with cooks getting ready to wow with their creations while listening to Friday night entertainment from Aaron Watson, Zane Williams and the Chad Cooke Band. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Saturday begins bright and early at 7 a.m. with the Cuero Wellness Center’s Turkey Trot 5K followed by the traditional Great Gobbler Gallop at 10:30 a.m. Stick around for the parade and all-day fun activities. Don’t miss the camp cooking demonstration, the arts and crafts market and the carnival, which will feature a magician, clown, and balloon artist. The Saturday evening dance will include music from Scott Taylor Band, Zack Walther Band, Shenandoah, Austin Meade and Jon Wolfe.

Sunday will continue with exciting street performers and kid’s activities (like our Turkey Egg Hunt and Mobile Learning Barn) as well as tunes from Shane & Renee Total Entertainment. Admission will be available at all Turkeyfest gates, with the following prices (all children under 10 are admitted free):

Friday, Oct. 13th from 5 p.m. to close will be $10; Saturday, Oct. 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be $5 and $10 from 5 p.m. to close; and Sunday, Oct. 15th is free all day. For more information, visit or follow along on their Twitter and Facebook pages for up-to-date information.