// TR2020 Will Be Intimate, But Awesome!
Friends - This is not your typical attendance update, but
none the less, we will indeed have a skeleton crew on hand
at Turkey Run this year, for an abbreviated celebration of
2020's edition of Serb Fest. Not to worry though, we absolutely
plan to gather as a full group later this summer (or fall)
to "observe" Serb Fest. For those able to brave
the pandemic to gather at TR, the day it officially opens
to the public, this will be a year unlike any other. We will
do our best to uphold the great spirt of Serb Fest past, despite
the diminished attendence. We will remember this challenging
time... and look forward to TR 2021, when we're all able to
once again gather together aroudn the hallowed grills of Turkey
Run for what promises to be the most anitipcated Serb Fest
of ALL-TIME!! Next weekend, regardless of where you are, or
who you're with, let's make memories! Happy Serb Fest! Zeveli!!
// TR2020 Hanging on by a Thread.... POSTPONED
to MAY 24-26, 2020
to look back on the optimism from just 6 short weeks ago.
Coronavirus was impacting our lives pretty significantly at
that point. Offices were closed... Bars and Restaurants may
have JUST shut down... But at that time, the expectation was
that by the middle of April, we'd all more or less be back
to "normal". Well, there's no need to fully recap
the insanity of the last 6 weeks, but the bottom line is that
as of this moment, Indiana State Parks are closed until a
reopening (tentatively) scheduled for May 24.
TR2020 is officially POSTPONED just two short days
and will still hopefully remain over Memorial Day, extending
to Tuesday, May 26. Many of us have contacted TR Inn to reschedule
our stay to reflect these dates. Clearly, there's no pressure
to join us this year if you and your families aren't comfortable
in that environment at that point in time. The good news is
that we would be the first occupants of the hotel and cabins
after reopening, so the spaces should be clean and safely
to come on a contingency plan to include those who do in fact
choose not to attend in person this year.
// COVID-19 Not Expected to Impact TR2020!
Spring is nearly upon us
And as we all fend off the
evil Coronavirus, rest assured, there are no plans to postpone
or cancel our beloved weekend at Turkey Run! Lets face
it, with the amount of time weve all spent playing in
the dirt at TR over the years, were all probably immune
to much worse! We are a mere 10 weeks out and I do believe
its time to let the anticipation begin!
year, Serb Fest enters its 6th decade! For our generations
Founding Members, its our 4th decade of attendance...
Pretty astounding! What makes me most proud as I look forward
to the next decade of Serb Fest, is the prospect of our children,
the 3rd generation of attendees, by the close of the decade,
will be young adults, many, of drinking age
. They will
be primed to carry the torch and usher in the future of Serb
Fest! So, until then, we, the second generation, have a responsibility
to ourselves, our children, the future of Serb Fest
and most importantly, the legacy of our forefathers, to celebrate
the next 10 years of Serb Fest
. To keep our Spirit and
the Legend of Serb Fest-past, strong
to instill the
same passion in our young ones that we all have for TR. This
is our duty as todays elder statesmen of Serb Fest!
First order of business, please reach out if youre in
need of a room for TR 2020. Id like to inventory how
many rooms we have amongst us so we dont overextend
our recruitment efforts! I hear OLAF and crew have a new family
looking to join us! As always, Ill post attendee news
as it becomes available.
// Another Decade of Serb Fest Comes to a Close!
sensational Serb Fest is behind us. Another decade has become
part of the Legend. Our generation has truly found its stride
after 20 years
or, perhaps after 10 years of
navigating Serb Fest with the 3rd generation in tote
Serb Fest is like a well-oiled machine, prepared to endure
anything the weekend might throw at us. We were excited to
not only have the Boskovic's back after their infamous 1 year
"hiatus"...the unexpected return of BS was amazing
as well! Attendance was once again strong at 46!
// Cooler Sessions - Crazy Dan Premiers!
thrilled to finally share the highly anticipated next chapter
of Cooler Sessions, featuring none other than Crazy Dan! Appropriate
timing as he prepares to make his return to Serb Fest after
his one-year hiatus! The chat takes us back to the sweltering
100 degree heat of TR2012. Learn some important Serbian techniques
for staying cool in extreme heat and MUCH more! Language is
technically not safe for kids, but I used to share with a
3-4 year old Grant and he thought it was hilarious. He seems
to have turned out fine!
SESSIONS: DAN BOSKOVIC
// Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 99 - TWENTY Years Later
you know, TR Online periodically brings you an in depth look
back at notable years past, 10 years later in our Turn
Back The Clock Series. The very first in our series
debuted 10 years ago, looking back on 1999. A true turning
point in Serb Fest History. A year in which Serb Feets
second generation took hold and set forth down the path of
a lifelong tradition. Now, in 2019, we have an opportunity
to get again reflect on this pivotal year, 20 years later!
Have a read and appreciate just how much has changed (and
how much hasnt) in 20 years of Serb Fest!
1999 - TWENTY Years Later
// "One Trip Wonders" of Serb Fest Past
take a few moments to remember some of our most memorable
One Trip Wonders! Most of us regular attendees
have long committed to TR for life... A tradition of making
memories with friends and family year after year... And while
we always encourage regular attendance from the moment new
invitees are introduced to Serb Fest, repeat attendance simply
doesnt materialize for some. For OLAF recruit, Sean
Sullivan, an incredible 12 years separated his only two
trips to TR. His surprise return in 2012 has certainly been
the exception. Most are instantly hooked or fall immediately
into TR lore. Impressively though, many who only briefly cross
paths with our great tradition have managed to make lasting
impressions. READ MORE>
"The Intellectual" Kus
the Truck" Leto
"Mad Dog" Hansen
// TR Shopping List Available
TR2019 Shopping List is now available HERE!
As expected, theres not much change from recent years,
but please review your individual (limited) responsibilities
to prevent unnecessary redundancy of food, drink and supplies.
be sure to have cash on hand for your park entrance fee ($7)
canoe/kayak rental ($15/kayak, $20/canoe) and hay ride ($10/person)
those bringing young children on the float and will have them
in kayaks, I recommend picking up a few bungee cords from
your local hardware store to allow you to tether kayaks together
and ensure we all continue to float slowly and blissfully
down Sugar Creek!
// Full TR 2018 RECAP w Photos Is Finally Up!
promised, the TR 2018 Recap is finally up at TR Online! Check
it out and relive the countless ridiculous moments! I mean,
the quotes alone... absolutely priceless! Some dandy photos
// Let the Countdown Begin!! TR 2019 - 74 Days To Go!
As most of us continue to endure a winter that just won't
seem to quit, I can't believe we're less than 11 weeks out
from yet another epic weekend at Turkey Run State Park. Like
the promise of another Spring, TR2019 holds tremendous promise.
I'm hopeful that we'll see the return of several dearly missed
attendees and those who've recently returned to Serb Fest
will continue the momentum forward and join us again this
what seems to be the new normal here at TR Online and our
Serb Fest FB Group, I've been slow to post content from the
previous year.... Rest assured, this is in the works! Soon
you'll be inundated with photos, ridiculous quotes and hilarious
memories to get your appetite in order for this year's festivities.
Stay tuned for much, much more!
// TR 2018 Awards Announcement!
to our 2018 Award Winners! Feces Mike took home the prestigious
Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year award and his boy
Callen Z showed his strong, spirited personality... locking
down 2018 Rookie of the Year honors. Look out for this
kid in the future... He may be the next dude asking his buddies
if they want to take a ride into town for some ice cream...
if you know what I mean! And as for FM, let me point out that
5 of the last 6 recipients of the Intellectual of the Year award
have been FM and Crazy Dan, however they've not attended TR
together since 2011! Could 2019 be the year they're united and
duke it out for next year's title? Or will the battle end in
a stalemate, with each earning co-honors, as they did in 2011?
Anticipation is high!! Finally, on a less-exciting note, Scott
Berger earned this year's Cevapcici Consumption Award,
after diligently pounding Serbian sausage all weekend with the
sole goal of earning the award!
out the AWARDS ARCHIVE for
a look back on past recipients!
// TR 2018 - Done and Done
41st+ edition of Serb Fest, while short a few key attendees,
was none the less, not at all short of good times! The weather
was outstanding and the group was energized by the return
of Mike and Amy Z! The group rallied to compensate for the
Boskovics absence for the first time since the early
2000s. It certainly proved that they bring a heck of
a lot more than crazy antics to the table each year. Were
now less than a year out from their sure-to-be triumphant
years hike was a welcomed success after several years
of poor navigation resulting in extra long hikes, we finally
took the right turns that kept us to a reasonable distance
and duration! The beer float was a near disaster and nearly
resulted in the issuance of TRs second official demerit
(a second was threatened once before due to a stolen chair
w/ footrest in the pre-children era of Serb Fest). Scott was
over-confident in the group not needing a reservation for
the kayak trip, but after a slightly later departure and above
average nice weather, Sugar Valley Canoe Trips was at near
. Running out of kayaks for all morning and
early afternoon departures. That forced the majority of the
group into tubes. At first this appeared to be a significant
downgrade in comfort and experience, but as the trip unfolded,
most agreed the tubes were fun. On another note, the group
also failed to pack a secondary cooler of beer into the cars
and Berger, once again could have been more diligent after
Dave R asked if we had everything packed up. This certainly
would have contributed to said issuance of a demerit, but
miraculously, the group managed to reasonably ration the beverage
supply, so all in all, the float was a success. That said,
it was a big lesson learned and next year will be much better
orchestrated! Perhaps this will parlay into a most improved
award for Berger next year!
// Cooler Sessions Series Debuts TODAY!
time has come... For your viewing pleasure, the next installment
of our "Fireside Chat" series, featuring Brian Crissie!
Take a few minutes and give it a watch with the family!
CHAT: BRIAN CRISSIE
// SERB FEST COLLECTION: Volume V RELEASED!!
time has come! The fifth installment of the Serb Fest Collection
Series is available for download! The collection once again
speaks to the unique flavor of Central Indiana and the Spirit
of Turkey Run.
mentioned in recent weeks, I'm particularly excited about
the two tracks that open and close Volume 5. 'P.B.R.' kicks
off the collection and is sure to become a fast favorite!
Clearly, the title speaks for itself... and while hilarious,
this song is no joke! The tune slides into the mix as well
as any other classic Serb Fest tune! And at the back end of
the collection, a tune simply titled 'Cevapcici' brings a
traditional Serbian Flavor to the collection. You can't help
but to smile and laugh out loud as this song unfolds. And
if your kids are anything like mine, they'll love it too!
these gems are several strong tunes, representing our standby
bands, The Why Store, Gov't Mule, The Flecktones, John Butler
Trio, and more!
the tracks HERE,
add them to your iTunes playlists and gear up for another
high energy drive to TR!
// TR Shopping List Available // Attendence Updates
TR 2018 Shopping List is now available HERE
!! As always, let me know if there are any questions on your
I have confirmation that Amy Lund will be joining us once
again. We know she's an enthusiast of Sugar Creek. Let's see
how many trips she can muster up after the restrictions on
canoeing last year! A few other notes - 2-time attendee, Frank
"Meat" Malawski will not be returning this year,
though we hope to see him back in the future! Brian O'Kelly
and Stacey will also forgo attendence this year. Despite some
absences, it's still expected to be quite the healthy turn-out!
We're under three weeks to go!
// Rejoice! TR 2017 Recap and Photos Finally Available on TR Online!
this is admittedly 10 months late! Updating the beloved TR
Online continues to be very painful this year as I continue
to have file uploading issues! Never the less, our Serb Fest
40 memories are not officially archived and preserved for
future generations! Take a moment to relive 2017 as we prepare
for another great weekend next month!!
On a similar note, the Annual Pre-Hike
'Beater' Photo page has received a bit of an overhaul.
We can all agree this photo can be a bit of a pain in the
ass each year, but I have to admit, the collection of photos
are one of my favorite pieces of TR Online. Nearly 20 years
behind us. You really see the youth come through on the early
// TR 2018 Kick-Off // Exciting Attendance News!!
my fellow Turkey Run enthusiasts!! After a near 10 month hiatus,
TR Online is back in business! My deepest apologies for the
delayed posts of last years recap and the usual late Winter
TR hype. Computer software issues and time restraints are
to blame, but for now, things seem to be working, so away
Special thanks to Bry and Dave R for the gentle nudge to get
my @ss in gear. You guys get all the credit this year in lighting
the TR fire! With
that said, we are just over 2 months out from the Most
Anticipated Weekend of the Year! I may reach out to
some of you individually, but let's be sure we have lodging
squared away for everyone. If you're without a room right
now, keep a close eye on the TR Inn website for last minute
further ado, I have some exciting news to share!! I received
confirmation last week that Amy & Mike
Z will in fact be making their long anticipated return
to TR this year! Now with 3 kids (newcomers Kate & Callen
join their older sister and past attendee, Anna), this will
be Mike & Amy's first trip since 2011! Mike captured Rookie
of the Year honors 10 years ago in 2008
with quick witted humor and a newfound nickname, "Feces
Mike". He was also a back-to-back recipient of the Honorary
Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year Award in 2010-2011 and
is credited with introducing Stroh's to Serb Fest. Amy, of
course, is nothing but good times and folds perfectly into
the fabric of TR. This is truly great news for 2018 and I
hope we all continue to be spoiled by their presence into
tuned for more updates in the coming weeks!
// Passing of a Serb Fest Legend
January 1, the TR family lost Hall
of Famer, Miomir Stevanovic. Known to most current
attendees as 'Monica's Dad', he was among several Serbian men
in the 1980's who along with their families solidified the trek
to Turkey Run State Park as an annual tradition, which we know
has now grown to a multi-generational decades long tradition.
Miomir and his wife Zofia instilled their passion for TR in
their daughter Monica at a young age... and again, as we know,
Monica has been instrumental in preserving the Serb Fest tradition
for generations to come. While Miomir made his last visit to
TR in the early 2000's, his memory lives on - most notably in
the groups affinity for his incredible marinated chicken legs,
a highly anticipated menu item that Monica has been gracious
enough to provide in his memory. I know I speak for everyone
who knew him and was able to share early Serb Fest memories
with him, that he will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
// TR 2017 Awards Announcement!
are in order for our 2017 Award Winners! By unanimous decision,
newcomer, Joe E took home 2017 Rookie of the Year
honors. It's no surprise that Joe weaved his way into the fabric
and spirit of Serb Fest with ease. And pounding 60+ beers is
a sure-fire way to make a solid impression on the TR High Council!
probably goes without saying, that this, of all years,
Crazy Dan is more than deserving of the Vince Kus Intellectual
of the Year award, recapturing these honors for the first
time since 2012 and becoming an unprecedented 3rd time honoree.
Berger earned the Cevapcici Consumption Award for
the second straight year, having proclaimed early in the weekend
that he was ONLY interested in eating Cevap this weekend!
His family continues to be proud and overjoyed. Who will step
up and challenge him in 2018??
finally, the 7th recipient of the Jovan Zelenkovich Memorial
Golden Cevapcici Award is a very deserving, OLAF.
Now, 17 trips to Serb Fest under his belt
One of three
invitees of Jovan back in 1998 - leading to Founding Member
status in 2013 - clearly, he's been a cornerstone of this,
the second generation of Serb Fest. He also is responsible
for the first male attendee of the 3rd generation, as his
son John was introduced to TR in 2008 just a couple months
into his young life. He's responsible for the 'symbol' of
TR - we all know it! A moment captured on camera back in 2003.
"Nobody pounds beers like OLAF, NOBODY
But we plan
for that, and it's okay
" That's one of my favorite
historical quotes from Jovan way back when
He may not
be QUITE the same beer pounder as he was in his younger days,
but I wouldn't bet against him
He's been an active recruiter
of new attendees for well over a decade
. And last but
not least, he cooks some mean potatoes! Next time you see
OLAF, be sure to congratulate him again and praise him for
his Serb Fest related achievements!
Check out the AWARDS ARCHIVE
for a look back on past recipients!
// Serb Fest 40: An Instant Classic!
Fest 40 is in the books and as expected, it did NOT disappoint!
I can already anticipate putting together one of those "Turn
Back The Clock" pieces on TR 2017, 10 years from now as
we prepare for Serb Fest 50! A series of events starting late
Friday evening running through check-out Monday morning became
Folklore that will be shared for generations
to come. Those of us in attendance will never forget it - especially
those who were witness to said events. I'll choose to refrain
from recounting these events on TROnline in the interest of
those involved. But it's no secret, just ask
share the story - perhaps with only mild embellishment. The
only downside to the weekend was the cancelation of the Beer
Float due to excessively high water levels on the creek. It
was disappointing, but few let it stand in their way of a good
time. The weekend introduced many of us to the glory of Hamms
Light - deemed the "perfect breakfast beer". Hamms,
get it? No seriously, Hamms Light paired with
Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage and potatoes --- MAGIC! We had
a surprise appearance from Aleks after she led us to believe
she had an unavoidable conflict Memorial Day weekend. The group
enjoyed movie night in the shelter thanks to a new projector,
as we relived the old TR classic, Fire & Ice Extravaganza
and shared some of our latest video projects of Crazy Dan. Check
out the full reel of quotes from the weekend and you'll understand
just how ridiculous the TR 2017 was!
// Weather Update // Sugar Creek Conditions // Last Minute Reminders
Memorial Day Weekend! Its finally here!
THE MOST ANTICIPATED WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!
has improved a bit from earlier in the week. Temperatures
remain in the upper 70's to upwards up 80 degrees and chances
of rain on Sunday has subsided a bit, but timing of the rain
may impact the Sunday Beer Float. Otherwise, Sugar Creek levels
are only slightly above normal and is expected to be open
to all ages, weather permitting...
Some last minute reminders before you hit the road:
Be sure to have cash for your entrance fee to TR State Park
Typically $7 for out-of-state unless rates have gone
up. Also, have cash on hand for the hay ride, if interested
(between $10-20 for a family OLAF may remember the
exact rate). And of course, if your shopping list includes
a Serbian Food cash donation, please get your money to me
as soon as you can. Ill make sure were covered
before reimbursing Crazy Dan (Thanks again, Dan for handling
the critical task of supplying the Serbian cuisine!) AND FINALLY
Please note that were going to do our best to
stick to a schedule for a few key events this
weekend. I know its tough to always be around when parenting
duties call but please make an effort to be at the
grill site for the following events:
Saturday, 4:00pm Annual Beater Photo
Sunday, 5:30pm Awards Ceremony
Sunday, 5:45pm Full Group Photo
A full schedule of events can be found HERE
// Cooler Sessions Series Debuts TODAY!
if the Fireside Chat series wasnt enough
introduces yet another video series that well build
upon in the future! Welcome to Cooler Sessions!
The first chapter features 3-time attendee, Brian
OKelly. The interview was filmed during TR2012 in
the midst of Brians second trip to TR. In contrast to
Crazy Dans Fireside Chat which, among much
of his antics, speaks eloquently about the history of Serb
Fest from the perspective of our longest-tenured attendee
Brian brings a youthful perspective of Serb Fest relevant
to many of our newer invitees, even those experiencing Serb
Fest for the very first time this year! ENJOY!
SESSIONS: BRIAN O'KELLY
// Reserve Your Rooms NOW for TR 2019!
to reserve your room for TR 2019!! Follow the Online
Reservation Wizard. TR 2019 is scheduled for Friday,
May 24 Monday, May 27, 2019. Remember, rooms book
quickly and waiting until this weekend to reserve in person
at TR Inn may be too late! You are only paying for one nights
stay up front as a deposit, which of course is fully refundable
in the sad event that you need to cancel (up to 4 days prior
to check-in) due to some unfortunate event keeping you from
attending. Also, pay consideration to the possibility of reserving
an extra room for potential guests of yours at TR 2019. Its
certainly encouraged to extend invitations to friends and family
of yours outside of our immediate group! Remember, it is the
responsibility of all of us to continually spread the Legend
of Turkey Run to ensure the future livelihood and success of
// Fireside Chat Series Debuts featuring Crazy Dan!
CHAT: CRAZY DAN [Right click, save as] or tap to stream
to your mobile devices
advertised, the first Chapter of the new Fireside Chat
series is NOW AVAILABLE for your viewing pleasure!
Filmed nearly 5 years ago, late night during TR2012, the release
of this priceless footage in some form has been highly anticipated
from the moment it was captured! Originally part of a flurry
of filming done at TR2012 intended to contribute to the production
of our next full-length documentary a look at the rich
history of Serb Fest. Time has proven that production of such
a documentary is no small task, but one that certainly remains
an aspiration for us all. And so, Krangis and Scott agreed
that we simply couldnt hold back on the release of this
legendary interview session any longer. It stands tremendously
well on its own and will leaving you crying from laughter.
Throughout the interview, you hear the small group that had
gathered behind the camera fight to hold back the uncontrollable
laughter. The good news is that today, you can laugh to your
hearts content! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??!
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