TURKEY — The 26th edition of the annual Turkey Day Celebration will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 with its annual parade. Turkey Day is an opportunity for the community, friends, and its mascot — the turkey — to come together and work together, and unite in commemoration of Turkey and its citizens, organizers said.
Angela Hoskins of the Turkey Day planning committee is expecting this year’s event to be one of the best ever.
“We are looking for a great day,” she asserted. “Hopefully the weather will cooperate and the coolness will get everyone in the holiday spirit.”
The Sampson County Fallen Firefighters honor guard will lead the annual parade. The route is from the old Bay Valley distribution center down N.C. 24 turning left to the fire department where the remainder of the day’s activities will be held.
Entertainment will be provided by Jerry Jackson and the Red River Rising Band. The Honor Guard will present the colors and raise the flag in a ceremony at the fire department after the parade.
“I really love the parade and all the festivities that we have on that day. It’s a lot of work but it is a fun time. We, at the Turkey Fire Department, hope everyone will come out and share in all the festivities. It really is a great time ,” expressed Hoskins.
The celebration will again include delicious barbecue pork and chicken plates for sale. Hoskins also shared that hot dogs would be available. In addition to the food, there will be the usual penny social, silent auction and a variety of vendors available to offer a broad spectrum of items for sale.
“The vendors are not required to pay anything to set up at the festivities, but we do ask them to donate something for the penny social to help the fire department raise funds,” explained the committee member.
The corn hole tournament will return again this year after such successful first time out last year. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. with play starting at 2 p.m. There is a $30 registration fee per team.
Hoskins also stated that if anyone wanted to be in the parade they just need to be at Bay Valley prior to the 11 a.m. start and line up time to be in the parade. All types of entries make up the parade such as various fire departments, floats, horses, bands, antique cars and farming equipment and a variety of other entries.
All proceeds benefit the Turkey Volunteer Fire Department and the event is sponsored by the fire department.
If anyone is interested in being in the parade or participating as a vendor or as entertainment, call Hoskins at 249-3939.