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Former firefighter Gene Matheny was Grand Marshal of the Danville-Howard Turkey Festival and rode with family members on a classic Danville engine in Saturday’s parade.
Former firefighter Gene Matheny was Grand Marshal of the Danville-Howard Turkey Festival and rode with family members on a classic Danville engine in Saturday’s parade. (Photo by Bill Amick) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
June 17, 2013 11:29 am EDT

 

DANVILLE — Fireworks were the bookends of the 2013 Danville-Howard Turkey Festival, which ended its four-day run at Memorial Park Saturday evening. Wednesday’s light show was neither on the agenda or welcome, as the day’s activities were cut short by strong thunderstorms moving across the county. In contrast, everyone looked forward to Saturday’s pyrotechnics as fireworks of the man-made variety brought down the curtain on Turkey Fest ’13.

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Saturday was by far the longest day of the festival. Activities kicked off along the Mohican Valley Trail at the beat-the-heat time of 7 a.m. with the 5K Turkey Trot Run and Walk. Nearly 15 hours later, the fireworks show closed out the slate of activities.

Highlights of the day included a high-energy three-on-three basketball tournament with several age divisions, Amish bake sale, classic car show, pedal tractor pull, demonstration by the East Knox Twirlers and a cheer competition. While all that went on, youngsters enjoyed the kiddy rides and games and vendors cured hunger and thirst with an array of traditional unhealthy but oh-so-tasty carnival food and drinks.

As late afternoon arrived, participants began to gather for the festival parade, which kicked off from the square promptly at 5 p.m. and traveled down South Market Street to the park. Next up was the Cakes for Cubs and Scouts Auction, which was moved to the main stage to better accommodate eager bidders and dozens of donated items for sale. One quick turnaround later, the Kokosing River Surf Club turned up their amps and took the stage. Lead singer Lew Sleeman was backed up by Kevin Mishey and Robert Shipley on vocals while Rusty Shinaberry set the beat on drums.

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