:: "The Tao of Turkey Run"
to his return to TR 09, Charlie Ruiz
authored one of the most inspiring pieces of writing to ever come
out of our generation. Titled, "The
TAO of Turkey Run", this piece answers the questions,
"What does Turkey Run mean to me?" and "Why should
you come to Turkey Run?" Do yourself a favor and be inspired
by his words and perhaps you will find yourself being the 2011
recipient of the Golden Cevapcici Award.
:: Code of Ethics Version 3.0 is Released
the first time since June 2004, the TR
Code of Ethics have been revamped and re-released in it what
is the 3rd version of the list. Several items have remained unchanged,
but several have been added to reflect the nature of today's Serb
Fest festivities & culture. Let this new Code be a guide for
all of us to live by (in the context of Turkey Run and related
:: Another Decade of Serb Fest Comes to a Close - Chuckles Takes
Home the 2009 Golden Cevapcici Award!
to the pleasant surprise of many, Turkey Run
2009 turned out to be the largest Serb Fest in over a decade,
if not longer! With approximately 40 people in attendance, there
were people, coolers, and lawn chairs for what seemed like as
far as the eye could see! It was a sight one might imagine you'd
find in Serb Fest's "heyday" when as many as 20 families
gathered 'round the grills of Turkey Run! Let this be the sign
of an upward trend in attendance and the continued growth of a
new generation at TR.
Monday was slightly dampered by the falling rain, it didn't stop
the presentation of the 2009 Golden
Cevapcici Award to Charlie "Chuckles"
Ruiz who was heralded as having displayed countless instances
of Teamwork not only at TR 09, but in each of his past Serb Fest
attendances. He was also recognized for his being living proof
that the Spirit of Turkey Run does not begin and end on Memorial
Day Weekend, but is something that should live with you each and
every day of the year. We congratulate Chuckles on his well deserved
:: Stevanovic Family Photos Reveal an Interesting Fact Previously
Known Only to Few...
big thank you is in order for Monica who took the time to
dig up some old family photos this week. We now officially
have archived photos of TR 87 and TR 93, both of which previously
were without photographic evidence. While the following
fact could have been easily verified at some point over
the last 10 years, these photos served as a correction to
a long standing assumption among most of our generation.
many years, it was assumed that the first known non-Serbian
attendee of our generation at Serb Fest was none other than
Jeff Bott, once recollected by Jovan as having first attended
in 1996, but later disproved by the only known photo of
Mr. Bott surfacing, which dates back to TR 1994. What we've
now been able to confirm is not only that Emma was also
in attendance at TR 1994, as we see a new photo that sits
in sequence with the Bott photo (notice the same Serbian
rummaging through the cooler on the picnic table). A photo
from TR 1993 showing Emma sitting at a table reveals that
she was in fact the first non-Serbian friend of either Jovan
or Monica to attend Serb Fest!
a related note, TR Online received word recently that Emma
has a conflict in plans for TR 09. I have to urge those
who are closest to her to remind her of the Spirit of Turkey
Run and how important it is for her to at least make an
:: Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 99 - Ten Years
1999 remains perhaps the most infamous of Serb Fests of
all time! With several near-death experiences through-out
the weekend, so much of what we know Turkey Run to be today
began this very weekend. A small group of men, still years
away from being able to legally drink piled into the Zelenkovich
Family Van for the trek down to Marshall, Indiana at a time
when the drive was measured simply by the amount of time
it took to watch "Back to the Future" & "Top
a look back and appreciate some of the humble beginnings
of our generation at Serb Fest!
99 - Ten Years Later
:: Predrag & Mila Zelenkovich (Mr. & Mrs. Z) to Attend
Serb Fest 2009!
just received word from Jovan that his parents have indeed confirmed
their attendance for TR 09! This will be their first trip to Serb
Fest since 2006 and only their second return trip to TR since
parting ways with TR in 2002 (at least on an annual basis). We
hear that Mila is looking forward to a canoe trip on Sugar Creek
with Monica's Mom - which looks like we officially have confirmed
attendance of another TR Hall of Famer!
:: Yep, Just a Glorified Barbeque...
is officially upon us! We've all surely been dreaming of the sizzling
sound of the grills at Turkey Run all winter. Most of us are intimately
familiar with the menu items we all consume each year at TR, but
I've taken some time to break down the menu on the website to
give perspective attendees yet another tool to get familar with
what Serb Fest has to offer! Check out what you can expect to
eat this year at Serb Fest HERE.
:: OLAF (or... his lovely wife Julie) Delivers the First Male
of the Next Generation!
March 21st, OLAF and Julie welcomed Baby Jack into their family
and on May 23rd, we will officially welcome him into the TR Family!
This birth is of notable significance as it is the first newborn
male of his generation to be introduced to Turkey Run! I'm sure
I speak for Jovan, OLAF, and all other Councilmen, and General
Participants that we all look forward to seeing you grow up around
the grills of Turkey Run and embrace the legend and tradition
to help carry the torch in decades to come! Son, remember... it
will one day be up to you and your peers to make the very important
decision on whether or not to induct your father and those of
his generation into the greatly respected Turkey Run Hall of Fame.
We hope to make you proud, just the same as you'll make us! Ziveli!
:: Ask and You Shall Receive...
night we received a report from a reliable source (Dave Roemer)
that Erich Mann, known to many simply as, Ich, intends on accepting
the formal invitation extended to him several weeks ago to attend
TR 09. We're anticipating him making the trip with Dave &
Bry Saturday morning. As many of you know, Ich has been on a list
of potential attendees for the better part of the last decade
and in December, 2008, he made claims that he has indeed had interest
in attending but felt he had never formally been invited. In discovering
this, Scott took swift action and finally extended the official
invite via email. We're sure that everyone who's known Ich for
the past decade (and beyond) will be excited to see his attendance
:: Another Pre-Serb Fest Season is upon us!
& Gentlemen... As these cold winter days pass us by, we find
quickly approaching the next chapter of Serb Fest history! It
brings me great joy to begin rolling out the TR Online Preview
of Serb Fest 2009. Be sure to check back in the coming weeks to
find updates on schedules, attendance lists, & shopping duties.
Let the anticipation of the burning fires on the grills of Turkey
Run keep your spirits warm during this especially frigid winter!
:: Chrismas Greetings From Dan Boskovic!
Serb Fest Hits Wikipedia!
a whim today, Serb Fest made it's mark on the online encyclopedia,
The first contribution made was part of the "Turkey
Run State Park" entry. This quickly led to a dedicated
entry being made for Serb
technically, any of us could edit the content on the Serb
Fest Wikipedia entry. So if you're so inclined, feel free
to add to the content. However, keep in mind that it should
be objectively presented as if someone who knows nothing
of our sacred weekend could follow along.
entry actually seems somewhat legitimate until you get to
the last line of the 2nd paragraph where the Serbian Flag
being secured by an old tree branch and duct tape is referenced!
:: A Sad Day For Serb Fest
trust that most have heard the news by now - so I'm somewhat comfortable
making mention here at this time.... Last Sunday, our friend and
beloved Turkey Run Hall of Famer, Cika Bora passed away. He was
diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer this past Spring. For those of
us who were honored and lucky enough to have shared even one Serb
Fest with him, he will forever be missed and for those past and
future attendees who did not or will not have the opportunity
to meet him, rest assured that he will be spoken of often and
his memory will live on indefinitely. My deepest condolences go
out to the Boskovic Family and the entire Serb Fest Family - especially
to those who were closest to him.
:: Visions of Serb Fest Past at '08
only one Hall of Famer made an appearance at TR 08, if you took
a look around this year, you would have found quite a few moments
that resembled great Serb Fest moments of years past making this
year one to remember!
:: Shopping Assignments to be Distributed Shortly
the logistics of our annual festivities continue to evolve - let
me unveil this year's "strategy" for the providing of
food & supplies to TR this year.
HERE for additional information.
:: Serb Fest Collection - Volume I Released!
newest audio release from TR Online is now available! Serb
Fest Collection- Volume I contains 13 Song Selections Inspired
By The Spirit Of Turkey Run! The Collection is heavily influenced
by Southern Rock & Bluegrass favorites that we've come to
associate so closely with TR. Download the tracks and gear up
for a high energy drive to TR!
:: Audio Downloads Now Availabe on TR Online!
the age of mp3's & iPods and the ever decreasing use of CD's
- I thought it was appropriate to forge ahead and make all past
(and of course, future) TR Audio Releases available for download
on TR Online! Now you can have all of your favorite TR songs on
your mp3 player of choice for year round listening pleasure -
or at least for your car ride down to TR this year! Click HERE
for available audio downloads.
:: TR 2008 Schedule of Events Released
year's schedule has been officially posted! View it HERE.
Stay tuned for more updates as further logistics of departure
locations and transportation arrangements are settled. One related
note of interest: The past 2 years, we have grown accustomed to
reserving rooms for the TR of 2 years in the future - However,
this year, due to the layout of the calendar, we will be able
to reserve rooms upon arrival to Turkey Run.
TR 2009 Expected attendees are to reserve rooms for TR 2010 upon
arrival. (TR 10 begins on 5/28/10). This will involve reserving
a room for nearly a full week prior to the start of TR 10, but
sometime between this day and 5/26/2010, you can cancel the 4-5
days prior to the 28th. This will be further explained prior to
making any reservations for anyone who doesn't understand the
:: New Attendee Confirmation!
brings me great pleasure to formally welcome and introduce new
attendees for TR 2008, Mike & Amy Z! Amy is a childhood
friend and neighbor of Julie Berger and today, with her husband
Mike, are still close neighbors to Scott & Julie in Naperville.
The invitation was casually extended over the winter, but a formal
invitation was extended a few short weeks ago. A viewing of the
Fire & Ice Special Edition documentary sealed the deal. Mike
is sure to be a fierce contender for this year's Rookie of the
:: Frequently Asked Questions
so many new attendees potentially headed to TR this year, I thought
it'd be appropriate to revamp the FAQ page
a bit... For those of you who are new, please read through them
and of course, if you have any additional questions, pleae do
not hesitate to pass them along - email@example.com. I
will add them to the FAQ page. Also, if any of you veterans can
think of any additional questions your recruits may be having,
send those along as well and we'll get them on the website...
:: Record Attendance Rumored for TR08!
February... which means it's time to really get serious about
gearing up for the upcoming festivities! I know it's turned into
a bit of a cliche to point out the high anticipation of the weekend...
but this year, I can honestly say that I've seen the anticipation
on it's way to being the highest ever! We seem to be on track
to set a new Fire & Ice attendance record including the potential
highest jump in attendance since TR 2003! There's been early &
serious interest shown by as many as 15 potential attendees with
as many as 6 new faces! Competition for this years Rookie of the
Year honors will be fierce!
:: Serb Fest & Facebook Unite!
to Chuckles to suggesting that we start up a Facebook
Group for Serb Fest! While there have been some efforts for
online interaction between current and past Serb Fest attendees
through the TR
Message Board, its use has been less than impressive... With
the birth of the new Facebook Group, users can not only have discussions
on TR related topics, but can also upload photos, videos, and
other general comments they'd like to share with the group!
those of you who have not yet registered with Facebook, what are
you waiting for? If you choose not to maintain an in depth personal
profile, that's okay! Simply register just to subscribe to the
group! Yes... I'm talking to you - OLAF, BS, Rishi, Arpan,
and any other past attendees!
:: Beer & Bags Dominate TR 07
was another great year of evolution and great memories despite
the usual heavy rainfall and unusual swarms of knats. While some
were missed, those of us in attendance made great contributions
to the weekend and surely once again, redefined what future Turkey
Runs will behold. A great thanks to all who attended for making
it another fantastic weekend. The annual recap page will be online
in the near future as well as everyone's tabs for the weekend.
now, have a look at this year's annual Beater
:: TR 07 Logistics To Soon Be Determined
has dropped his Friday afternoon class... I've chosen to believe
that he did this solely on account of Turkey Run scheduling! Whatever
the reason may be, he will be joining the Friday caravan. On another
note though, it seems Nutz will be joining us on Saturday due
to a business trip that has him overseas until the weekend of
TR. We will all wait patiently in anticipation of his arrival!
are still being worked out in regards to logistics on shopping
and point of departure on Friday. There may be 2 points of departure
- one in the city & one in the suburbs - depending on if we
can arrange for the transfer of coolers to each perspective departure
locations. This may prove to be the trickiest year yet in terms
of packing and transportation. Stay tuned for more details to
be posted as they are available.
quick notes of interest: Jovan's parents are out; Joe &
Rachel Kelley have declined; and Vince Kus has continued to show
interest in attending. Also, a big thanks to Dave Roemer for his
proactive nature in offering to provide all of the Burgers, Hot
Dogs, & Cheddarwursts we'd like. I've advised him on numbers
and look forward to some of the new additions to the menu this
:: TR 07 Tentative Schedule Released
will once again be a year of change in terms of when and from
where some of us we depart for TR. For those of us flying in for
TR, now's certainly the time to book that airfare! And remember,
make sure your return flight doesn't depart too early on Monday!
For an in depth preview of what to expect for TR 07 click here.
The 2007 Schedule of Events is now
available but is subject to some fine tuning. Major events listed
should be reliable. As always, please contact Jovan & I with
your plans for departure as well as vehicle availability!
:: Will Vince Kus Return to TR in 2007?
a text message from Vince Kus to XX on the evening of
March 10, Vince inquired... "Has there been a summoning
by the TR High Council for the return of Kussenegger at TR
take this inquiry with a grain of salt as I am not confident
that a "summoning" would result in actual attendence,
but at the very least, it has my interest peaked.
:: Crisis Averted!
we all know, since TR 2005, we've been facing the dilemma of not
having any rooms booked for 2 of 3 nights of TR 2007.... Well,
worry no more! I'm pleased to announce that I have secured a total
of 6 rooms for all 3 nights! These include 2 Non-Smoking Cabin
rooms, 1 Smoking Cabin room, and 3 (single bed) rooms at the Inn.
Because we were only extending our previous reserveration by 2
days, no additional deposit was necessary! Let this be a lesson
learned for future TR's.... Watch the calendar closely! (I'll
still do my best to send threatening remniders each year - remember
- going forward, we all book our own reservations for future TR's)
I also recently had the pleasure of having a discussion with CR
over several $1.50 PBR's which included the first real anticipation
of TR '07. CR enthusiastically informed me of his sincere efforts
to persuade his Father to grant us use of his RV next May....
We'll keep a close eye on this!
:: TR 2006 Recap
recap of TR 2006 is now
available! Thanks to everyone who made Serb Fest a success once
again! Take a moment to relive TR 06 and don't hesitate to pass
along any additional quotes or memories that should be included!
Also, be sure to contact me to arrange sending any additional
photos that you have of TR 06! Only 49 weeks until.... okay, okay..
maybe a bit premature! We still need cabins though!!
:: No Rain At TR??!
many of you surely know, a strong storm or tornado warning at
TR is something to be somewhat expected. It's certainly never
gotten in the way of a good time at TR, but who doesn't prefer
the sun on their backs?? In case you haven't been keeping a close
eye on the 10 day forcast for Marshall, Indiana... the weekend
is looking like it's going to be damn near PERFECT! Last week,
there were initial reports of scattered thunderstorms each day,
but it looks like those storm predictions have been moved up to
this upcoming week making way for clear, sunny skies with temperatures
in the mid to upper 80's! Nutz, bring some sun block! 10
:: Less Than 2 Weeks To Go!
in the home stretch! It seems that we've cleared up any uncertainties
surrounding TR06 - in particular - transportation. Jovan has been
able to secure the old Explorer for the weekend! This solves the
problem of transporting the *Official
TR Cooler* and some other large items. Julie & I will
be driving one car, but we will still need at least 1 additional
car to make the trip. Roemer has kindly volunteered, but we may
be open to an alternative plan if it makes more sense. Unconfirmed
prospective attendees include 2004 Intellectual of the Year, Vince
Kus and an unspecified number of new recruits from Councilman,
:: Less Than 1 Month To Go!
you believe it?? We're officially a few short weeks away from
TR06! As always, the list of attendees
is nearly confirmed, but still holds some question marks. We have
confirmed 1 new attendee this year, and while a few regulars will
be missed, there are hot rumors that Roach may attend! Also, as
always, the greatest uncertainty this year is transportation.
While we may have several cars available to haul people and bags,
we are desperately seeking solutions for transporting coolers,
beer, the fire & ice grill, etc. The 2006 Schedule
of Events is now available and is subject to some fine tuning.
But major events listed should be reliable.
:: Fire & Ice Special Edition DVD Finally Ships!!
10 months after its intended release, the painful wait is over!
Many have already recieved a package containing the covetted disc,
which, for those of you who may not know, was delayed primarily
because of efforts being made to release the remastered feature
and all bonus footage on a single DVD. For those of you who are
expecting, but have not yet received your copy, please make sure
you've provided me with a current mailing address, as requested
last week. Invite your friends and loved ones to view the DVD
and share in your great excitement for next month's upcoming festivities!
:: Congratulations to OLAF!
are certainly in order for OLAF and his wife Julie who are expecting
their first child shortly after TR 06. Understandably, this is
going to keep OLAF from attending this year & while his absence
will be greatly felt, we all wish him well and look foward to
his return at TR 07. We'll also do our best to make up his typical
consumption of High Life.
:: Serb Fest History Receives Extensive Updates!
a year of anticipation, it brings me great pleasure to officially
unveil the extensive Serb Fest Archive documenting the history
of Serb Fest as far back as 1977 with over 60 photos dating as
far back as 1980! Take a moment and realize that some of these
photos are older than some of us! (Krangis)... At the very least,
we should all take a few minutes, or even hours and appreciate
the rich history of this weekend barbeque we affectionately call
FEST ARCHIVE ::
always, if ANYONE has in their posession or knows of anyone with
any additional photos, video footage, etc. from ANY year, please
find a way to get them to me and allow them to be properly archived
an preserved for future generations!
:: TR Attendees gather for annual Zelenkovich Slava.
TR Attendess gathered at Skadalija Restauraunt in Chicago for
the annual Slava hosted by the Zelenkovich Family... As expected,
anticipation was high for TR 06 as we drank and danced amidst
the presence of legends.
you requested Friday May 26th off work yet? Let's face it.. this
is becoming more and more of a necessity as the years go by.
those of you wondering what happened to the DVD release of the
Fire & Ice Special Edition, rest assured, the project is still
alive. Since it's planned release in May 2005, we have decided
to postpone its release in order to have the ability to fit all
of the release's content onto a single DVD instead of a feature
disc and bonus disc. Final editing and DVD menu creation is scheduled
for later this month.
:: Early Attendance Confirmations
early bird get's the civap! And this year, the early bird is Dave
Roemer! Okay, disregard that comment.. but we must not overlook
Dave's overwhelming enthusiasm in his recent inquiry about TR
06! He gets the nod as the first confirmed attendee of all those
who are not expected to attend. Honorable mention goes to XX who uncharacteristically dialed in the early confirmation
as well! Be sure to check out the 2006 preview here>
:: The Season Is Upon Us!
we tread our way through the month of February, it brings me great
pleasure to know that it's never too soon to begin the hype of
the upcoming year's trip to Turkey Run! This perhaps may go down
as the quickest off season to past in recent memory - for me at
least... If you're happening to stumble upon this offseason visit
to TROnline.com, make it a habit, because the updates will plentiful
in the coming weeks & months! Ziveli!
:: Serb Fest a Success Yet Again!
TR 05 officially in the books, we can only look back with fond
memories and begin the arguous journey of looking foward to TR
06. Relive TR 05 here>
:: Special Edition DVD Nearing Completion!
less than a week to go, the latest DVD release is very near completion!
With over 1/2 hour of Special Features, this DVD is sure not to
:: 2 Unexpeced late additions to the TR 05 Lineup!
as we thought the list of attendees was wrapped up it was decided
to issue 2 additional invitiations to this year's festivities.
It brings me great pleasure to formally announce the confirmation
of 1st time attendees Joe Kelley & Dave Roemer. This brings
the total of confirmed attendees to 14!
:: DVD Trailer Available For Download!
wait is over! Download the exclusive trailer for the 'Fire &
Ice Special Edition' DVD due out this May!
TR Trailer - Low Res [12.0 MB]
Trailer - Hi Res [18.8 MB]
:: 6 Short Weeks To Go!
particulars of TR 05 are beginning to take shape! I've been accepting
formal confirmations from a number of attendees in recent weeks!
Consult the "TR is right around the corner"
page for details. - Though no great surprises have presented themselves
as of yet... 2005 Schedule of Events
is now available.
of last night, hope is STILL ALIVE for the unthinkable dream of
taking an RV to Turkey Run this year! The latest update revealed
that CR's father needed to call his insurance company to verify
whether or not CR would be covered to drive the vehicle. If in
fact he is, we'll have one hell of a ride down to TR!
'Fire & Ice Special Edition' DVD is making progress. Krangis
has chosen to keep its progress extremely tight-lipped but I was
recently allowed to preview a trailor that we are attempting to
make available via download right here at TROnline! This will
surely get the anticipation for Memorial Day to its expected level
for this time of year! More details will be coming shortly!
:: More Historical Photos Obtained!
recently was able to get his hands on a stack of photos that reveal
a part of TR's history that has until now only been legend. Last
year, we were ecstatic to see photos from as far back as 1985,
but we now have photos that date as far back as TR 1980! Most
date from the early 80's and others will be added to our collection
of mid-90's photos. This will no-doubt help us further appreciate
the history and tradition of Serb Fest!
:: A Message From XX
& Gentlemen, after receiving formal permission from the man
himself, it brings me great pleasure to make available to you
all a message of inspiration left by none other than XX... Further
proof that anticipation for TR 2005 is growing with each passing
:: Update: Unfortunately, despite previous permission to make
the audio of this message available this past attendee has requested
that this file no longer be publically hosted on this website.
:: Editing Begins On TR '04 Video Footage
Its official! Its that time
of year again when TR creeps to the front of everyone's minds!
With that comes the editing of the previous years video footage.
As you may or may not remember, the "Fire
& Ice Extravaganza - Special Edition" DVD is slated
for a Spring 2005 release. This will include a remastered version
of 2004's original DVD release as well as plenty of special features
sure to get everyone licking their chops for another great Memorial
Day Weekend! And lets not forget an exclusive preview of what
we're all in store for in 2006... The next full length documentary
that will capture the return of "Serb Fest" to Turkey
:: TR '05 Could Be A Landmark Year for Transportation!
To our great surprise, it
seems as though the Zelenkovich
van may make one final trip to TR this year. This is great
news for those of us who tend to hold on to the tradition of TR
Past. But on a much more exciting note.... How
many of us laughed at John for his comment in the Fire & Ice
Documentary that "Who knows, maybe someday we will
rent an RV"... Well.. ladies & gentlemen, someday may
in fact be upon us.. sort of... It was recently announced by our
good friend CR
that his father had just purchased an RV! CR being as sharp as
he is proceded to run the idea of borrowing the RV for Memorial
Day Weekend.. for now, he was receptive to the idea.. so we'll
keep our fingers crossed! Upon receiving this news, Jovan actually
nearly broke down in tears and embraced CR as if they were family.
:: Happy New Years! TR '05 News!!
We have great news to
share! Despite Jovan taking his "Fire & Ice"
grill to Boston this Fall, thanks to a generous gift from
Krangis to Scott, we will once again experience the succulent
chicken that is prepared by said grill. On a related note,
for all of you that are familiar with Crazy
Dan's "grandfather" green cooler with built
in bottle opener.... we now have a cooler of similar features
:: TR Supplies Find A New Home...
As anticipated at TR 04, this past year was
believed to be the last year the men would depart from the
Zelenkovich Residence in Prospect Heights, IL. A major step
was taken today towards confirming this inevitability. The
Turkey Run supplies & coolers have officially been transitioned
to Scott for an interim year at the Berger Residence in Glen
Ellyn, IL. A sad day indeed, but yet another step foward towards
the future of Turkey Run.
:: TR ONLINE Updates On The Way!
As I'm sure everyone now knows, the website now has its
own official domain found at http://www.turkeyrunonline.com.
There are major plans to add several new features, video footage,
images, and memories from not only 2004, but from Serb Fests
past as far back as 1985! Check back often and I will try
to keep everyone posted on major updates and additions to
:: TR '04 Officially In The Books!
The triumphant return of Serb Fest brought everyone's
appreciation of Turkey Run to new and exciting levels! Despite
a few hang-ups, the weekend was once again a COMPLETE SUCCESS!
A great thanks to everyone who contributed to making this
year's Serb Fest one for the ages!
to this year's newest Councilmen, Brian Kelley & Jeff
Berger. You are both important fixtures to the legend of Turkey
Run. Special thanks are also in order for those who have reached
General Participant status this year: Brian Crissie, Charlie
Ruiz, & XX. We look foward to your continued appearances
at future TR's.
:: XX Confirms!
a conference call Sunday afternoon, XX announced his confirmation
of attendance in typical XX style! Everyone is looking foward
to his return for the first time since TR
1999, the year in which he set the stage for his legend. Brian
Crissie has also confirmed attendance and has brought another
newcomer to the mix. I am thrilled to have Vince Kus, and old
friend of myself, Brian, & XX, on the list of attendees this
Press Conference [1.5 MB]
:: Update: Unfortunately, despite previous permission to make
the audio of this message available this past attendee has requested
that this file no longer be publically hosted on this website.
:: THE RETURN OF SERB FEST!!
essentially ruling out ALL possibility of any Hall Of Famers attending
TR for the second straight year, Jovan has recieved word that
we will indeed be graced by the presence of 4
Hall Of Famers this year at TR! The second annual "Fire
& Ice Extravaganza" will be put on hold until further
notice (hopefully years down the road) for the return of SERB
FEST! Chuckles is currently the only 04 attendee to have only
experienced TR with the absence of the older generation of Serbs,
so this is sure to be a special year for him. The TR 04 Rookies
don't quite understand the significance of this all yet, but one
day they will surely appreciate how lucky they were to have their
first experience of Turkey Run be a genuine Serb Fest!
:: Attendance Update
word on XX or Loona, but surprising news includes likely attendance
of TR 2000 attendee, Sean Sullivan.
Ich & Roach have both respectfully declined for various reasons.
TR 2004 schedule has been updated
to reflect new plans for Turkey Run Eve. All are encouraged to
join in the festivities!
:: XX Gives 70% Probability of Attendance!
received word this week that XX now sees the odds of his attendance
this year at OVER 70%. From what it seems, this may in fact even
be a conservative estimate! We're hoping he's close to a lock!
:: "Fire & Ice" Prescreening an Emotional Evening
Friday, March 19th, 2 presreenings of the documentary were held.
The first, a private viewing for Jovan, was an emotional 45 minutes...
a true culmination of all the agonizing anticipation leading up
to the evening. A second screening was held for Nutz and Chuckles
later that evening. They too were left in nothing but the highest
of spirits after the viewing. We can hardly wait for the rest
of the group to join in the experience on May 28th!
:: TR Documentary COMPLETE!
months after Turkey Run '03, after 2 intense months of editing,
the highly anticipated TR Documentary is finally complete! Jovan
will have a private viewing of the film this Friday before it
is ultimately opened up to the rest of the group on May 28th,
Turkey Run Eve. We hope that everyone will be able to make the
viewing that Friday night at the Zelenkovich Residence in Prospect
would like to formally thank Krangis for his tireless hard work
and dedication the past 2 months and for keeping an open mind
and work together with myself to make this documentary more than
any of us could have fathomed 1 year ago.
:: Arpan Confirmed for TR '04!
are exciting times indeed! With under 75 days until the big weekend,
Arpan has confirmed his attendance by purchasing his plane tickets
to Chicago for the weekend. Traveling from Raleigh, NC, this will
definitely give him the record for furtherst distance traveled
for a rookie trip to TR. For those of you unfamiliar with Arpan's
past, he has had a running invitation for several years now, but
has always been unable to attend due to family obligations. The
founding members are thrilled to finally have him aboard this
related news, Rishi, another fellow North Carolina attendee is
getting closer to confirmation as negotiations continue to convince
him that TR will not interfere with his study schedule for the
weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that he will fold under the
friendly pressure put upon him!
:: TR '04 Attendance List Taking Shape
official invitations have been extended to all prospective rookies
and hopeful returning attendees as of this week. CR has been confirmed
again after having to miss last years festivities. The HIGHLY
ANTICIPATED return of XX was taken to a new level yesterday afternoon
when I spoke with him. He was unable to give 100% confirmation
due to a potential crucial work-related conflict. Details are
sketchy at this time, but he did give me his word (and his word
is as strong as oak), that he would do everything in his power
to attend Turkey Run this Memorial Day. I will keep everyone posted
on the outcome.
Rookies have nearly been confirmed. Most of you know Arpan, a
long time perspective attendee who, upon attendance, will set
a new record for furthest distance traveled for their rookie trip
to TR, narrowly beating Rishi's record of a year ago. I have also
been informed of a new recruit from Jovan. We welcome Chuck "Chuck
the Truck" Leto to the TR family. With the sucess of John's
recruiting efforts of Rishi and Chuckles last year, and for that
matter, of most of us at one point or another, we trust that his
judgement will be top notch. On the downside, it appears that
Rishi will be unable to return this year to follow up on his Rookie
of the Year performance. This, however, does not jeapordize future
invitation to TR.
as always, a sincere effort is being made to convince the elders
to join us for what truly could be a historic weekend with their
presence. An immediate announcement will indeed be made upon ANY
confirmation of thier attendance.
:: TR Documentary Nearing Completion!
finishing touches are being put on the documentary. I've had the
great pleasure of being very involved with the editing process
the last 3 weeks. Krangis and I are working hard to assure all
of you a mind blowing experience when watching the film. I for
one can say that it has FAR exceeded my wildest expectations!
May 28th will be a glorious day!
:: TR Documentary Editing Making Progress!
it that the documentary is nearing completion. There has been
a strict mid-March deadline put on the project for school related
reasons, to ensure a pre-TR 2004 release. I have been privaleged
enough to be able to view 2 segments thus far - including "DSD"
& "The Drive Down". The wait and anticipation will
surely be worth it!
:: TR Dominates Coversation at Slava
The serbs rang in the new year
at their annual slava at Skadarlia Restaurant in Chicago. The
event brought together generations of TR attendees and made for
a great opportunity to bid for the return of the Hall of Famers
in '04. While they were reluctant to commit, they were encouraging.
Of course, we'd all love nothing more than to have that kind of
history in our presence next year at TR.
:: TR 2004 Right Around the Corner!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching,
its important to point out the fact that its arrival will mark
the approximate half way point to TR 2004! While we count down
the days to the next TR immediately following TR each year, it
now feels closer than ever! Jovan has prepared a statement. Look
for it sometime before TR '04.
Shit gets a little "touchy" with the girls...
With the announcement that the girls of
Turkey Run had created a website of their
own, Big Shit gave them a piece of his mind.... and while it may
have been a bit harsh (mind you, all are on healthy, friendly
terms at this point), it still quite humorous. His reponse can
be read here.
Schedule of Events Released
The tentative schedule has been released
and can be viewed here. Obviously,
since it is still early, many things are subject to change.
Run Online is up and running!
Updates will be made periodically once the
site is complete. At that point, TR Online will be the single
greatest resource for Turkey Run attendees past, present, and
Documentary editing underway
Over 11 hours of footage was shot this year
at Turkey Run by our friend Krangis. As time permits, editing
will be done to create a 30 minute showcase of the weekend's spirit.
sure to email any pictures you have from TR to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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