Dakota Datebook

Turkey Show

Sunday, November 23, 2003

On this weekend in 1937, Towner held its fifth annual turkey show. Exhibitors from Velva, Drake, Granville, Denbigh, Bantry, Upham, Balfour, Eckman and Towner contributed to the largest entry of live birds in the show’s history.

The Mouse River Farmers Press reported, “Two kinds of turkey (were) served at the turkey banquet. Gobble turkey for many, and turkey of the sea for the others. The submarine variety didn’t seem to please. A few red faces. The Minot crowd (was) down again to see how a good turkey show is run. Among them Roy Aney with his usual flow of wit and fat man joviality. Cranberries were a part of the trimmings, but Roy served the raspberries.

“Senator Ole Ettestad was an interested spectator at the show. At the banquet he delivered a splendid address… He didn’t exhibit, although he raises fine turkeys and chickens. Ole tells of loaning his chickens once to a neighbor who wanted to exhibit (them) at the fair at Minot. The chickens won first places.”

Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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