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THE FLOYD COUNTY HESPERIAN
DECEMBER 2, 1915
100 CHRISTMAS TURKEYS FREE
At least fifty, and possibly a hundred families in Floydada and adjacent country will have the Christmas turkey problem solved for them in a novel way by the Floydada Chamber of Commerce Saturday, Dec. 18th. On the afternoon of that day the hundred turkeys will be turned loose from the top of the County Court House, and will be free to the persons who catch them.
The “stunt” will be held promptly at 2 P.M. on Saturday afternoon, December 18th.
The committee who have the matter in charge states that me race for the turkeys will be free to all comers, big, little, old and young.
The turkeys in this section are all fat, and a week’s pen-feeding will put any of them in good condition for the Christmas dinner table.
The Turkey Race, as it is to be termed, is a noval stunt. It will afford all the fun of a circus day with the exceptional feature that one may see all the fun with out cost- and be part of the fun himself if he so desires.
The Turkey Race will call attention to the fast-increasing turkey production in this section. Floydada is the distributing point for a territory that last year shipped a carload of turkeys and this year will ship two cars, in carlots, besides express shipments which go out in large numbers.
The following rules have been formulated by the committee to govern the Turkey Race.
One hundred turkeys to be turned loose from the top of the court house, Saturday afternoon, December 18th, at 2 P.M.
Any person may take part in catching a turkey.
No clubs, no hooks, no dogs, no guns, or lassoes will be allowed to be used to catch the turkeys.
Only one turkey allowed to any person.
The committee is composed of Geo. A. Lider, R.O. Fields, A. V. Haynes, L.A. Marshall, R. F. Brown and W. M. Windsor.
FLOYD COUNTY HESPERIAN
DECEMBER 9, 1915
The Floydada Chamber of Commerce invites you all to join in an old-fashioned “get -together-Rally.” A big time for everybody. Come and bring all the children and get a free Christmas Turkey.
One hundred fine Christmas Turkeys have been purchased by the Chamber of Commerce. The turkey race will take place a 2 P.M. sharp-be on hand. “Boosting and pulling together” makes our town and country grow.
RULES GOVERNING TURKEY RACE
All persons present may take part. No clubs, no hooks, no dogs, no guns, will be allowed used in the catching of the turkeys. Any old bachelor or widower catching a turkey will be required to give same to some widow lady in Floyd County-failure to do so will be fined $100. There will be 10 turkeys hobbled and a weight tied to the left foot for the Fat Man Race-all men weighing over 200 pounds may enter the Fat Man’s Race
The committee has all arrangements made for a big time and lots of fun for the old and young.
FLOYD COUNTY HESPERIAN
Christmas Turkeys will be given away December 18th. Knowledge as to the ways of the turkey is in demand in Floyd County just at this time. For be it remembered the Turkey Race, to be featured by the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, the 18th, draws close at hand and head work as well as good, wind and fleetness of foot is likely to prove valuable when the big gobbler for the Christmas table, free for “the catching is about three paces in the lead and still going good”.
Text books on turkey strategy do not seem to be available and everybody is asking his neighbor and some of the local, heavy weights are trying to come back to their college day condition, when one hundred yards in 10 seconds flat was their record.
Strategy will play a big part in the Turkey Race. If one does not successfully compete when the first turkey is turned loose, it must be remembered, there are ninety-nine more to follow. It will be a relay race with the handicap in favor of the turkey. The occasion is expected to afford much amusement. It will be a regular circus day in Floydada with all the trimmings, including the crowd and the ballyhoo and excepting the cost.
The turkeys will be turned loose, beginning promptly at 2 P.M., to give everybody a chance to catch a Turkey and see the Fun.
THE FLOYD COUNTY HESPERIAN
200 PEOPLE SEE THE TURKEY RACE
“LOTS OF FUN AND AMUSEMENT”
FOR LARGEST CROWD SINCE LAST DAY OF FAIR
Everything, including the weather, was favorable, to the Turkey Race last Saturday, and the affair was a thorough success. The largest crowd which has been on the streets of Floydada since the last day of the Floyd County Fair in September, attended.
103 turkeys were turned loose by the Chamber of Commerce committee, who were assisted in making the plans for the affair more thorough by individual donations from business and professional men.
The turkeys were to have been turned loose on the square. Congestion of the streets and the heavy traffic before twelve o’clock soon made it necessary for the plan to be changed, and the turkeys were turned loose from the top of the baseball park grandstand. More than three blocks of open space inside and outside the stands were covered with people from all portions of this and adjoining counties, and everybody entered into the fun in a jolly mood. Out of the two thousand, there were one hundred and three lucky persons to secure birds.
County Commissioner R. L. Orman caught the first turkey.