You're invited to the kick-off dance on Friday that starts the weekend off. Join us at 10:00 a. m. Saturday to see which Turkey claims the title for their city as the "Turkey Capitol of the World" which takes place directly before the parade. The winning turkey receives the "Traveling Turkey Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph" to sport in their town for the next year. After the parade through downtown on Esplanade its up to the city park where the action takes place, featuring Dances and Live Entertainment under the covered pavilion. Also, for your enjoyment your guarenteed lots of Food, Beer, Arts & Crafts, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Turk Olympics, Chili Cook-Off, Barbecue Cook-Off, Washer Pitching, and Horseshoe Throwing. Discover a little history at the South Texas Wheel Spinners Tractor Show, authentic Dutch Oven Cooking and Living History. For children's activities we have a Kiddie Parade and Tractor Pull, and Carnival.
In 1908 Cuero's first turkey dressing house was opened and turkey raising began on a large scale on DeWitt County farms. Early in November the growers would herd their turkeys down country roads and through the city streets to the packing house. Visitors in town would marvel at the sight. They enthusiastically expressed their interest to local citizens and year by year the number of visitors who came to Cuero to watch the turkey drives grew.
In 1912 a group of businessmen in the Chamber of Commerce, sensing the interest of these visitors and wishing to encourage turkey raising and to advertise South Texas turkeys, decided to start a celebration with a turkey drive down the city's main streets as the main feature. A popular dance at that time was the "Turkey Trot" and this name was adopted for the event.
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