With rain-soaked shoes but smiles on their faces, hundreds of people crowded into Pioneer Hall all day for the 13th Annual Turkey First in Henrietta.
The Annual Turkey Fest usually takes place outside, but the weather forced the activities inside this year.
“We normally do this on our square in town. Luckily, we have this Pioneer Hall,” Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Peyton Cantrell said. “We have had a great turn out considering what it could have been with the torrential rain we are having outside. I know our Clay County ranchers are proud of that rain. We still had about 60 vendors and we packed them all in here.”
Despite all of that rain, plenty of people still came to Turkey Fest and had some fun, which was a welcome sight.
“It just makes me feel so good because this morning, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, please don’t let this be round two from last year,’ because we were rained out and snowed out from last year,” Cantrell said. “Just to see everybody who is here right now just make me feel so good that we have this much support in our community to come out. They come in drenched in rain and still having a good time.”
For a lot of those people, Turkey Fest is an annual tradition they just don’t miss.
“Oh, yes. Every year we try to come,” Henrietta resident Crystal Nixon said. “Mainly for the kids. We like to get out and bring them. It’s something to do. There’s lots of free things for them to do and normally there is a lot of extra stuff too. It doesn’t cost a lot but it is a lot of fun.”
All of this is done with the goal to let more people know what there is to do in Henrietta.
“It just means so much that we are putting Henrietta on the map,” Cantrell said. “We have people from all over. We have people from out of state that know about Turkey Fest and that is ultimately our goal. To let people know what we have to offer and what a great community we have.”
With so many people dedicated to making this event happen and those who love coming to it year after year, the Turkey Fest should continue to keep on growing.