Monday, October 14, 2013

Turkey drops resume from 2nd story at Yellville Turkey Trot

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM

click to enlarge TURKEY TROTTERS: Yellville had a big crowd for its annual festival, even without an airplane drop of turkeys.
  • TURKEY TROTTERS: Yellville had a big crowd for its annual festival, even without an airplane drop of turkeys.
Turkey drops
resumed this year at the Yellville Turkey Trot, but not from airplane turkey bombers. That practice raised the ire of animals lovers and prompted a $5,000 reward from PETA for information leading to identification of the pilot.

Two live turkeys were dropped from a second-story window in Yellville during the festival. One was chased down. Another flew up to a utility line and perched there for a good while. The Baxter Bulletin has all the details, including the general resentment among the crowd toward those on the anti-cruelty end of the turkey question. The animosity was good for T-shirt sales.

The airplane turkey drop hasn't been done for several years, but event organizers complained that that's what spectators come to see. They had a good crowd nonetheless.

SPEAKING OF ANIMALS: Anybody else react weirdly as I did to the lovingly told tale in the Sunday Democrat-Gazette of the brave crossbow sportsman who picked off a black bear attracted to a barrel he'd been stuffing for days with Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Shooting bears in a barrel, you might say.

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