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Saturday brings nicer weather for Wild Turkey Festival

May 7, 2012

Stephen Crabtree, Patsy Blankenship and Jonathan Larken won Saturday’s karaoke contest. (Photos by Megan Exline)

McARTHUR — Friday night’s storm and subsequent flooding did not keep crowds away from the Wild Turkey Festival Saturday, the biggest day of the festival.

Tory Gosling, Wild Turkey Festival secretary, said turnout each year depends on the weather.

“We’re hoping for no more rain during the parade and the entertainment,” Gosling said Saturday morning.

She got her wish, as the weather held out for the remaining two days of the festival.

Gosling said that on Friday, things pretty much shut down because of the rain and the power outage.

Friday’s storm caused the James King Band to play at Eagles instead of on the main stage.

“There was a pretty good following that came over,” Gosling said. The McArthur power outage led to an early ending of the band’s performance, although it tried to play in the dark for a while.

The Turkey Trot started at 9 a.m. Saturday and 19 people participated in it. Cameron Zinn, 7, finished in first with a time of 31:14.

Stephen Crabtree won the karaoke contest and a $500 check by singing Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Patsy Blankenship was second and Jonathan Larken won third place.

The visiting queens introduced themselves and talked about their individual festivals in the afternoon.

The parade was held along West Main Street, and the queen crowning was held later. Local bands Eastwood and Junkyard Republic played Saturday night.

View our festival section for comprehensive coverage of the event.

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