Thanksgiving isn’t the only time Texomans talk turkey, and turkey is the talk of the town in Clay County.
From the battle of the beards to beans, ribs and briskets cook-offs, the festival attracts nearly 6,000 people each and every year.
The event is not just for hunters, but for the whole family.
Preparations are underway in Clay County for the 13th annual Turkey Fest.
“It’s a way to get our community together and pretty much to get Henrietta put on the map,” Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Peyton Cantrell said.
A weekend filled with excitement such as hunting, cook-offs, carnival rides, live music and more, attracting people from all over, which means a boost in the economy.
“It’s bringing people here you know eating at our restaurants shopping at our shops,” Cantrell said. “I think anybody just bringing more people to Henrietta band letting them know what we have to offer is going to boost us every time. That is a big part of turkey fest for sure.”
The festival is also dedicated to offering pro-hunt teams bringing in turkey hunters from all over the country.
Hunter Ken Cobb said it’s well worth the 17-hour drive from South Carolina.
“The word gets around all the pro teams know how well they are taken care of, the ranchers do everything they can to make us successful,” Cobb said. “It’s one of the best events we attend.”
“Each year we’re just learning and trying to get to be the greatest that we can and try to evolve it into as big and as great we can get it,” Cantrell said. “So that everybody knows about us here in little ole’ Henrietta.”
Cantrell said she hopes more people like Cobb come and see what Henrietta has to offer and gobble up the excitement.
Turkey Fest events get underway on Saturday and will end with the full Strut Banquet.