Turkeyfest 2020 canceled by Board due to COVID-19

VICTORIA, Texas- Cuero, Texas: The Turkeyfest Board voted to cancel this year’s Turkeyfest, slated for the second weekend in October.

After meeting with city leadership at length, the Turkeyfest board made the decision to cancel the historic festival as it was in the best interest of the community’s safety and health.

The Cuero Turkeyfest, which would have been held the second weekend of October, features food, dances, a parade, live entertainment for the whole family, and the final heat in the ‘Great Gobbler Gallop’ turkey race to see who gets the title of ‘Turkey Capital of the World’. This year’s Turkeyfest would have been the 48th annual event.

“This was undoubtedly a difficult decision for our board and for the City of the Cuero. If circumstances greatly improve, we may vote at a later date to do a street dance or some other community event on that weekend. We are also discussing the possibility of doing a virtual Great Gobbler Gallop turkey race. With so many unknowns at this time, we want to be proactive in making this decision in order to be good stewards of the community,” said Trent Kainer, Turkeyfest Board President.

Kainer said that the organization plans to continue their support of local organizations through donations and scholarships. “We will continue to support our community regardless of the status of the Turkeyfest festival,” said Kainer.

Per the organization’s website, Cuero Turkeyfest is a non-profit community run organization founded in 1973 as an annual small town celebration of area agricultural history. Its founding purpose was to create a vehicle for local civic organizations to raise money for their various endeavors. Turkeyfest is routinely able to give back to these organizations throughout the year by the generosity of its festival patrons, volunteers, and sponsors.

“We did not make the decision to cancel Turkeyfest lightly. Given the impact this festival has on our local businesses, as well as bringing our community together to highlight all the amazing aspects of our beloved Cuero, it was incredibly difficult,” said Kainer. “But, we had to do what is best for our community’s health given the current information we have about COVID 19 and the projections for the fall.”For more information and updates on Turkeyfest, please visit our website at turkeyfest.org or follow us on Facebook: cueroturkeyfest.