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The Sloane Collection, no. 13 - First Turkey Trot, Cuero, TX (1912)

Story Sloane, III

Silent | 1912

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  •  Texas Governor O.B. Colquitt in passenger seat, leading parade 
  •  Isaac Egg and Sons cart, Meyersville turkey farmers and sponsor of the first annual Turkey Trot 
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This film footage captures scenes of the first Turkey Trot held in Cuero, TX in November of 1912. Eighteen thousand turkeys are herded down Main Street, lured by corn, to be sold at the Cuero Market in preparation for Thanksgiving. Isaac Egg and Sons of Meyersville, TX supplied the turkeys for the event, and Texas Governor O.B. Colquitt can be seen in the footage with Cuero Mayor Henry A. Mugge leading the parade. The practice of driving flocks of turkeys down Main St. from outlying farms each November was an established local practice in Cuero, where turkey farming was a leading industry, but the spectacle began to bring many visitors from surrounding areas. To promote turkey raising and turkey farms in DeWitt County, the Chamber of Commerce organized the turkey drive into an official event, the Turkey Trot, in 1912 with a parade and celebrations. In 1973, the Turkey Trot evolved into Cuero’s annual Turkeyfest, for which the small town is now known. Turkeyfest is celebrated with a parade, a football game, dances, carnivals, and the crowning of turkey royalty, Sultan Yekrut and Sultana Oreuc.