Perfect weather greets Turkey Rama
One of the highlights is always the world’s largest turkey barbecue, which the chamber stages at Wortman Park. And Hutchison said, “We sold all of our 1,600 turkey halves just right at 5 p.m.”
In addition to the turkey barbecue, the chamber hosts the Turkey Trot, featuring a 5K run, 5K walk and 2-mile walk as a benefit for the Willamette Cancer Foundation. Hutchison said the event attracted 370 runners this year, including teams of 10 or more from several local companies.
The carnival, staged by Davis Shows Northwest for the second year, expanded its features and hours this year, Hutchison said, and seemed to do very well. He said it prolonged its run by staying open until 8 p.m. Sunday.
“They really like being here and love the OMI parking lot and how OMI treats them,” he said.
And he said, “The comments we’ve received in both years have been positive. They’re looking forward to coming back next year and we’re looking forward to having them.”
All in all, he said, “I think it was a pretty darn nice weekend.”
Sollars also felt the event went well overall. She said she’d received a lot of positive comments.
More downtown merchants participated in street sales Friday, she said, and car show participants lined Third Street on Saturday, drawing a big crowd. She plans to conduct a survey of downtown merchants to get a better fix on their reactions.
The food booths did well, Sollars said, so well that three vendors ran out. She said the McMinnville Kiwanis Club did so well it set a new sales record.
There were fewer vendor booths this year, but the mix and quality were very good. Both the food and vendor booths remained open both days to take maximum advantage of the crowds.
The beard and mustache contest, a new event championed by Zack Geary, drew about a dozen competitors and proved a hit with the crowd.
“There were lots and lots of volunteers,” Sollars said. “We couldn’t do it without them.
“All in all, I thought it went very well.”