// 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!
time 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??!
// Fireside Chat Series Set to Debut on May 21st!
today on the Serb Fest Facebook Group was the upcoming release
of a new video series entitled Fireside Chat
set to debut next Sunday, May 21st at 8:00pm CST!
While the video will be available On Demand at TROnline, youll
surely want to mark your calendars to set aside some time
Sunday evening after the kids retire to bed This highly
anticipated first chapter in the series features none other
than Crazy Dan, filmed in the Lodge, late night during TR2012.
It can be described as nothing short of an utterly hilarious
stream of consciousness from a truly one of a kind Legend
of Serb Fest! As such, this production will not exactly
be appropriate for children
But lets face it,
Ill probably let my kids watch. Its no different
than what they hear at TR!!
// 'CAN'T STOP THE FEELING' Video Released!
who cant get excited after watching this?! Krangis
once again comes through in a big way with an uplifting video
set to Justin Timberlakes Cant Stop the
Feeling a song most cool kids can appreciate!
Share this one with your kids!
BIG thanks to Krangis for taking the time to capture these
moments and share them in a way that will preserve these memories
for a lifetime!
the video file [right click, save as] or tap on your mobile
devices to view the video.
STOP THE FEELING
// NOW AVAILABLE!! The ABCs of TR eBook Will Bring
A New Level Of Fun To Bedtime!
what will hopefully be a series of Serb Fest inspired books
in the coming years! I couldnt think of a better
way to start this series than with a book geared toward our
youngest TR attendees! With Serb Fests third generation
growing stronger each year, this will be a great way to keep
the Serb Fest spirit strong in our little ones all year long!
From I is for Indian Head Dress to O is
for OLAF, "The ABCs
of TR" is arguably the most entertaining alphabet book
ever written! Its perfect for kids
learning their ABCs and for kids gaining a deeper insight
of Serb Fest, from a kids perspective, of course!
But make no mistake, this can be fun for Serb Fest attendees
of all ages! Special shout out to Nutz for introducing
me to a fantastic app, Prisma, nearly a year ago making
these wonderful illustrations possible!
My hope is to find a company to print hard copies - or make
hard copies available for purchase online. Until then, enjoy
the book on your computer, tablet or mobile devices!
out the eBook HERE
and share it with your kids!!
// TR 2017 Shopping List Now Available
shopping list is now available! Hopefully this is in
advance enough of the trip to give everyone a couple of weekends
to plan their shopping. Thanks to Julie for pushing
me to get this out now and not 3 days before TR! Much
of the same from previous years. OLAF as noted
on the list, we should talk about strategy for Jimmy Dean
potatoes. We need to perfect this meal its
been clumsy in recent years!
As for everyone else Let me know if you have any questions.
If youre contributing to the Serbian food order, please
bring cash to me at TR. The sooner you can get it to
me, the better!
2017 Shopping List
// TR 2017 Attendance Update
are looking great on attendance, as expected! In fact, we're
potentally going to set a modern-day Serb Fest attendance
record this year - as we're approaching 50 confirmed attendees!
I received word tonight from camp OLAF that Amy Lund will
be returning to TR this year! Two-time past attendees, Dan
and Rachel W will be returning for their third Serb Fest!
Word has it that they'll be staying at Turkey Run Campground.
Let's hope the rain stays away for their sake...
I also got encouraging news from Monica, saying that she is
indeed planning to return to Turkey Run this year! I know
I speak for everyone in that we're extradorinarily excited
at this prospect! Monica - You've been missed in recent years!
Serb Fest isn't the same without you! I remain hopeful that
Aleks will return and I have Crazy Dan working on Teta Lela,
Cika Daca and Teta Lela (Aleks, we need your support on this
as well!) The new attendees and most of all, the young kids,
need to experience the joy and privelage of sharing Serb Fest
with some of our esteemed Hall of Famers and living legends!
other past attendees who may have fallen out of the swing
of Serb Fest - it's not too late to get in on Serb Fest 40!
Let me know if you're interested as we'll need to take a final
inventory soon of available rooms. I expect that we'll not
be releasing any rooms back to the general public this year!
DON'T MISS OUT!!
// Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 07 - Ten Years Later
chapter of 'Turn Back The Clock'.... As I thought back, considering
whether or not this would be a year to add to our TBTC series,
I initially though... "Eh... 1997 - Not very relaxant
to this group - But next year, we can definitely look back
on 1998, certainly a red-letter date in the history of Serb
Fest!" But then it hit me... '97?! That's TWENTY years
back!! We're talking about 2007!! Are you kidding me??!
It feels like only yesterday, but yes, '07 was a full decade
back! And oh my.... it is definitely a year worthy of exploring
07- Ten Years Later
// TR 2017 Attendance Update // MEAT // 2010 Rookie of the Year
have exciting attendance news to share for TR 2017! I have
confirmation that 2016 Rookie, Frank Malawski, affectionately
known as "Meat", will be returning in 2017! We expect
great things! I've also received word that 2010 Rookie of
the Year, Brian O'Kelly expects to make a welcomed return
to TR this year! Brian has been on-again-off-again since storming
onto the Serb Fest scene as a young man. This will be his
4th appearance at TR. This is convenient timing as his part-Korean/part-Irish
namesake counterpart, Brian Kelley will unfortunately be on
extended hiatus from Serb Fest for the forseeable future due
to committments to his alter-ego, Dr. Shit.
We will also welcome Ich's sister Vikki and family (husband,
Joe, children Maddie and JJ) to Turkey Run. They've been very
familiar with the Legend of TR for the better part of 20 years
as it often comes up in conversation around the dinner table
at family gatherings between the Berger's and Mann's. We expect
they'll fit right in very comfortably. Joe has strong Rookie
of the Year potential!
// Welcome to TR 2017 // Serb Fest 40
and fellow TR attendees, past and present
. We are 2
months out from an historic weekend. This year, well
celebrate an incredible 40th anniversary of our beloved Serb
Fest! As generations have come and gone, perhaps some
of our newer attendees may find it hard to even fathom this
tradition dating back 4 decades further back than most
of us have been alive! The tradition continues to thrive,
touching new people each year. Amazingly, this Memorial
Day weekend, we not only celebrate 40 years of Serb Fest,
but 20 years since the inaugural attendance of todays
Founding Members of as named by the TR High Council.
TR 1998 was a pivotal year in which our old friend, Jovan
Zelenkovich first invited the likes of myself, Scott Berger
and OLAF a move that quickly spawned a feverish growth
of a new generation, not seen since the formative days of
Serb Fest in the mid-70s.
I urge everyone to join us in celebrating this momentous
occasion Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2017.
Well find room for everyone! Cant wait to
see you gathered round the grills of Turkey Run!
// New Life in the TR Family!
are in order for the latest off-season additions to the TR
Family! This year Nutz and Amy Heitzman will welcome baby
Riley and Erich and Lauren Mann will welcome baby Vivian to
the tradition of TR. Hard to believe, but we may well be at
a point where the 3rd generation will outnumber us "old
people"! Let's see this a a good thing - and good for
the future of Serb Fest! You know what they say, "Gotta
Start 'Em Young!"
// TR 2016 Awards Announcement
TR High Council has spoken! In a very close vote, the 2016
Rookie of the Year Award goes to Mark Decker! His domination
of the "pump" and in consideration of the increased
degree of difficulty in managing 2 very active sons, makes
him a very deserving recipient! "Meat" (Frank Malawski),
of course had a very strong showing coming away with both
a killer nickname and likely a killer hangover after polishing
off his bottle of MD20/20. Thanks to both men for their superb
spirit in their inaugural trip to TR! We look forward to having
you both back next year! Special mention also goes to Amy
Lund for initiating an unprecedented 2nd kayak trip on Monday
The 2016 Most Improved Award goes to Rishi Loona -
which sounds illogical considering he reached the pinnacle
of TR recognition last year taking home the Golden Cevapcici
Award, but in sharp contrast to his usual intelligent being,
he foolishly returned his rental car Monday morning with Scott's
cooler and beer float in the trunk! He made good this April
with a new cooler, float and grill tool set with integrated
flash lights. AMAZING!
The Cevapcici Consumption Award goes to Carter Berger,
not only for his enthusiasm for cevapcici, but for his enthusiasm
for all meats. His family is very proud!
Check out the AWARDS ARCHIVE for
a look back on past recipients!
// TR 2016 - Just About Perfect!!
few could argue that this wasnt another outstanding
year for Serb Fest! While we missed several regulars and a
last minute cancelation of Amy Heitzman due to illness, we
welcomed several new comers. A new attendee is like having
kids It gives you an opportunity to see life (or in
this case, TR) through the eyes of someone new it just
makes everything that much more exciting! Not to mention,
it led to a new nickname (meat) and a new initiation
beverage. The weather was glorious, the kids had a blast,
the food and drink was plentiful and as usual, plenty of hilarious
quotes were born. After a strong very late Friday night, anchored
by Scott, Rishi, Crazy Dan, Olaf and new comer, Meat
Saturday was met with at least a couple mild (and rare)
hangovers. As the remaining families arrived, many embarked
on the annual hike though the group was split. Following
the hike, the annual wife beater photo was expanded to include
not only a shot of the men, but a shot of the men and kids
(as weve done the past few years) and a shot of only
the kids. It was truly a sight to see so many boys under the
age of 8 proudly bearing their A shirts, just as their fathers
do. A true memorable moment for Serb Fest as the 3rd generation
continues to grow! We saw the introduction of a new game
bottle something-or-another where the object is to
knock a bottle off of a pole with a Frisbee all while
holding a cold beverage
. A fantastic game that I expect
to be a mainstay in the future! Another game involving a hammer
and nails failed to debut this year, though well work
hard to bring that game to life in 2017! Sunday morning the
group split for the annual beer float and Sangria Sunday traditions.
But for the first time, 3 of the men embarked on the trip
with children. A risky move, but one that turned out to be
phenomenal! Grant, Jack, Cameron and Sarah joined us and couldnt
have enjoyed the trip more! And special recognition to Sarah
for fetching Strohs for the group on a couple of occasions!
The rest of the weekend was business as usual. Another notable
addition the introduction of new grill tools with integrated
flash lights (thanks Rishi)! So now we turn our sights to
TR 2017 Serb Fests 40th Anniversary! We have
A LOT in store for you all in the upcoming year. So many ideas
and so little time! Cant wait to share them with you
all! Zeveli, friends!
// Greatest Quote in Serb Fest History is Crowned!
a very difficult series of polls where the group pined over
selecting favorite quotes from each year dating back to 2003,
as the final poll was revealed to the group, Scott was hit
with the revelation that perhaps one of the greatest and most
influential quotes of all time had been inadvertently left
out of previous voting rounds! Given this quote's place in
the TR Code of Ethics, it
felt appropriate to give the quote late entry in the final
round, suggesting it could be the 'dark horse' quote. And
against very stiff competion from legendary quotes from 2005,
'06, '07 and '10, the Hall of Famer's quote won in a landslide
- not only solidifying it's rightful place as the 10th Commandment
of Serb Fest, but now rightfully as the greatest quote in
Serb Fest History.
Relive the memories of all your favorite quotes HERE
know the rules.... You eat or you're out!" - Mr.
favorite thing on the website was the part about the white
trash." Turkey Run Ranger (TR 2010)
should put some clothes on" - Jovan ......... "Why?"
- Cika Bora (TR 2007)
Rick James, b*tch!" - Dave R (heard all weekend long)
VOTES (But still a favorite!)
// DON'T MISS SERB FEST'S 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT TR 2017!!
not too early to start talking about TR2017 given the circumstance
that well be celebrating Serb Fests 40th ANNIVERSARY!
The attendance list has evolved over the years. Weve
been without our forefathers for a few years now as they slowly
retired from Serb Fest as the 2nd generation has taken over.
Weve had a number of one or two-time attendees in the
last 20 years and weve had a number of one-time regulars
on an extended hiatus in the last couple years. 2017
We welcome encourage everyone to come back to join together
and celebrate this great tradition and pay tribute to the
incredible 40 year history touching 5 decades!
that said, amazingly, there appears to be a handful of rooms
currently available through the Turkey Run Inns Online
Reservation Wizard! If you did not reserve your room for
2017 last year, now may be your last chance! If Serb Fest
holds a special place in your heart, BOOK
NOW! Remember, you can cancel up to 4 days prior to
check-in (though youd be crazy to do so!). And if you
cant make it, I expect that room to be in high demand
as both past attendees and new attendees look to get in on
a Serb Fest for the ages!
// Reserve Your Rooms NOW for TR 2018!
time to reserve your room for TR 2018!! Follow the Online
Reservation Wizard. TR
2018 is scheduled for Friday, May 25 Monday, May 28,
2018. 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 2018. 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 Serb Fest!
// Fire & Ice Extravaganza :: Special Edition 2004 Recap NOW
AVAILABLE for Streaming!
right! What seems like a hidden treasure, even for me, is
rereleased digitally available for download or to stream directly
to your mobile devices! Relive TR2004 in our second documentary
2004 saw a true cast of characters, several of whom only attended
this one year, leave a lasting impression on Serb Fest. Among
them, Vince Kus the inaugural
recipient and inspiration behind the annual award that bears
his name: The Honorary Vince Kus Intellectual
of the Year. Hes called upon by the TR
High Council each year to return to Serb Fest, but to
no avail. We will not quit until we triumph! But in the meantime,
his legend lives on.
View the video HERE
or visit the documentary page
for links to other great Serb Fest video!
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