DANVILLE — Fun and games were on tap for the third and final day of the Danville-Howard Turkey Festival on Saturday on the grounds of Memorial Park. After morning activities of a 5K Turkey Trot, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, fire department demonstration and a Med-Flight demonstration, many games for the youngsters were on hand. Numerous classic cars were also on display for the annual cruise-in at the park.
A record number of 40 participants took part in this year’s pedal tractor pull. One by one, eager youngsters tried their hand at pedaling the toy tractor while pulling a weighted trailer as far as they could. Trophies were awarded to the top two pullers in each class. Top pullers in their age group were as follows: ages 4-5: Brayton Muncie, first, and Lucas Holland, second; ages 6 -7: Jack Fowler, first, and Alayna Wittle, second; ages 8-9: Rachel Wilson, first, and Drew Workman, second; and ages 10-12: Tyler Hart, first, and Trevor Hart, second.
Attention was then turned to the festival stage for the Turkey Calling Contest. Only four young contestants dared to display their turkey-calling skills, but some real talent was apparent with the crowd showing approval for their favorite with some spontaneous applause. After the four unique turkey calls were heard, prizes were awarded for first to Jake Smith, second Molly Gebhardt, third Alenah Boeshart and fourth Briar Boeshart.
“It was the first time I had been in a contest,” said Smith, age 8, of Ashland. “I had been doing the call before. My dad taught me how, and he said I was perfect.”
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