Skip to comments.Dropping turkeys from planes triggers Arkansas festival flap
Posted on 10/14/2017 7:45:14 PM PDT by Rebelbase
The 72nd Yellville Turkey Trot opened Friday with questions over whether the turkey drop portion would continue. The Chamber of Commerce for the small northern Arkansas city has distanced itself from the tradition it once endorsed and is hoping a "phantom pilot" won't fly over this weekend. But that hasn't stopped thousands of people from emailing the chamber about doing more to protect the birds.
"Why don't you jump yourselves with no parachute. ... Think you'll like it?" one person wrote to the chamber Monday. Others used more colorful language.
Arkansas is one of the nation's top turkey-producing states, and the weekend festival is meant to be a celebration of the bird. There is a 5K run, music and dancing, and the Miss Drumsticks pageant, in which contestants are judged only on their legs. Of course, turkey also stars on food vendors' menus.
"It means fall is here," the Yellville Chamber of Commerce wrote in an open letter. "It means a turkey dinner a few weeks earlier than the rest of America. It means homecoming for many. ... Turkey Trot is so much more than turkeys being released from an airplane."
The festival started a year after World War II as a complement to a turkey calling contest run by the local American Legion hall. During the first turkey drops, which helped the festival draw a crowd, the birds were dropped from the courthouse roof for people to chase, with some becoming pets and the others Thanksgiving dinner. But at least 50 years ago, the switch was made to a small plane.
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As God is my witness...
I’m all for it. Dropping the turkeys from planes - this includes turkeys like nnshame and HilLIARy and pelousy, right?
Oh, the humanity....
Lol. Oh the Humanity!
As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
Does this qualify as redneck “fun”? Killing birds which have been bred to be top heavy and not to fly by dropping them from planes? Absolutely degenerate.
This is Les Nessman reporting for WKRP...
Extra bonus points if you drop them into the fryer.
This is a case point in what is wrong in much of the world.
An area that has a tradition that people in the rest of the country find appalling so they bitch and moan about it.
People kill babies at the drop of a hat, but drop a turkey from a plane and it should be a felony!
Maybe your eyes are degenerate.
An old Myron Cohen routine had a guy showing off his bee collection. The bees were kept in Mason jars.
A visitor said, “I notice you don’t punch any air holes in the lids.”
“So if the bees can’t breathe, they’ll die.”
“So what? It’s only a hobby!”
Que Les Nessman
“with God as my witness....”
LOL!! Loved that show.
This sort of thing would never happen in my adopted hometown of Toadsuck, Arkansas.
They drop crayfish.
Mud Bug Bombing.
Mrs Spokeshave has the secret...caught a couple a year or so ago.
“Why don’t you jump yourselves with no parachute. ...”
I had not ever heard of this Arkansas turkey drop, but wildlife officials in states with low wild turkey populations have released wild turkeys from aircraft for decades. . . with good results - with a lot of planning.
The turkeys wouldn’t have to fly - just glide. Whether a domestic turkey could do it routinely . . . I don’t know. The bird might need to go to flight school.
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