Get ready to "shake your tail feathers," because that's the theme for this week's festival. The 61st Turkey Days festival in Frazee, Minn., began Friday and lasts all weekend. Frazee, in north-central Minnesota, is an area steeped in turkey production and processing.
Festivities include an outdoor movie Friday night, plus turkey bowling and a beard competition Saturday. Sunday's schedule includes a demolition derby.
Hank Ludtke, the mayor of Frazee and an organizer of Turkey Days, spoke with MPR News' Tom Crann about the festival and the bird- and otherwise-themed entertainment it has to offer.
More events across Minnesota this weekend
Blueberry Festival, Lake George
Lake George is celebrating its 32nd annual Blueberry Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday. It will feature a blueberry ball and parade on Sunday, plus plenty of blueberry-filled treats like blueberry ice cream, floats and even brats.
In the southeast corner of Minnesota, the Houston Hoedown kicks off Friday. It features live music, tractor pulls — for kids and grownups — and helicopter rides through Sunday.
North Star Stampede Rodeo
And if you want to brush off your boots and cowboy hat, you can head up to Effie this weekend. The North Star Stampede Rodeo begins today and wraps up Sunday. The rodeo is celebrating its 60th year and will feature more than 140 competitors from eight states.