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Posted on June 26th, 2010 in Oregon Wine Country Activities.

Turkey Rama 2010


“Fifty Years of Turkey Fun!”

Turkey Rama, McMinnville’s favorite annual summer festival will be held Friday & Saturday, July 9-10, 2010. One of McMinnville’s oldest traditions, Turkey Rama is celebrating its 50th year in 2010…so make plans now to join us!

Each year thousands of people flock to McMinnville for the food, fun and entertainment of Turkey Rama. The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county—the turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on!

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce and the McMinnville Downtown Association are partnering once again to present the 2010 festivities which will feature the “World’s Largest Turkey BBQ,” the Downtown Festival in Historic turkey-rama-grill.jpgDowntown McMinnville, the Turkey Trot (8K Race/2M Walk), the Biggest Turkey Contest, a Community Sock Hop, and much more! For more information, please contact the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce at 503-472-6196.

McMinnville is located on Highway 99W, 35 miles southwest of Portland and 25 miles northwest of Salem.

  • Downtown Festival: Historic Downtown McMinnville will once again be filled with sidewalk sales, vendor booths, music and a variety of entertainment and fun activities for the whole family. Downtown activities will be open 11 AM to 10 PM on Friday and 10 AM to 8 PM on Saturday.
  • The World’s Largest Turkey BBQ: For those looking for good barbecued turkey, McMinnville is the place! Once again this year we will grill over 5 tons of turkey on Saturday, July 10, 11 AM to 6 PM. Live music and entertainment will also be featured in Wortman Park during the BBQ.

The barbecue features fresh barbecued turkey, prepared on-site. Guests can order a turkey dinner or a fully cooked barbecued turkey-half to take home. Turkey dinners include a generous portion of turkey, potato salad and coleslaw, dinner roll, watermelon, cake and soft drink. Turkey dinners are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children.

Fully cooked barbecued turkey halves are $15 each. Turkey halves can be purchased at four locations around town—the BBQ site at Wortman Park (11 AM until sold out), Town Center/Rite-Aid (9 AM to 2 PM), Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot (10 AM to 3 PM), and at the Downtown Information Booth (Noon until sold out).

  • Biggest Turkey Contest: This perennial community favorite is a fundraising competition that benefits local charities. This year’s talent show—a grand finale to the competition—will be held on the Downtown Main Stage at 6 PM. For more information about the contest, contact Kris Gullo at the McMinnville Downtown Association.
  • Turkey Trot: This 8K Run/2-Mile Walk benefits the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation and is a traditional part of our Turkey Rama festivities. This year’s run will be held on Saturday, July 10, with registration starting at 7 AM. For more information about the contest, see “Turkey Trot”, or contact Leslie Banke at the McMinnville Chamber.

Other community events will be held throughout McMinnville in conjunction with Turkey Rama. You can view a complete schedule of events.

Voice:   503.472.6196