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5.30.15 :: TR 2015 Comes to a Close After Another Memorable Weekend!

A beautiful weekend and more outstanding memories! Thanks to everyone who spend the weekend with us. It was a weekend of Kirkland Light and the return of the Beer Float that made TR 2015 somewhat of a throwback to TRs past! The food was amazing and it's been a pleasure watching the 3rd generation kids grow and appreciate TR for all that it is! Ziveli and bring on 2016! Take a look at the 2015 recap HERE.

5.19.15 :: More Attendance Confirmations!


Shout out to Erik and Julie for their solid recruiting efforts this year! Just got word of additional attendees! OLAF's nanny, Sam Chandler and boyfriend Joey Maddox are set to return! Clearly a failed attempt from Crazy Dan last year to scare off Sam! Joey, was a contender for last year's Rookie of the Year. They're also bringing the backup nanny, Maggie Gray & her boyfriend Eric Schiller. It sounds like they're ready to compete for 2015's award class! And watch out Rishi, I hear they're into Fireball! They'll be at TR Friday through late Sunday.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Maggie and Eric are unable to attend. Sam & Joey have also chosen no longer make the trip as a result.

5.17.15 :: Attendence Update!

  Great news! I just received word last night from OLAF's camp that we have late unexpected confirmation that 2011 Rookie of the Year, Dan W and his wife Rachel and daughter Chloe will be joining us at TR! This marks the first time a Rookie of the Year who had initially attended only that one year will make his return trip after an extended absence. The only others to hold the ROY honor who have been absent since are 2004 ROY Arpan Desai (we're working on an eventual return) and 2006 ROY Joe Taylor. (It will be interesting to see if he crosses paths with Serb Fest someday in the future as he gets older). In any event, we're excited to have Dan and family return in 2015!

5.13.15 :: Message From "Abe Lincoln"

Nikola Sorak - "Abe Lincoln"
Founder of Serb Fest

  In a message this morning on a recent Facebook Serb Fest post, the Grandfather of Serb Fest, Nikola Sorak (Abe Lincoln) posted words of encouragement to the group:

"Maybe one day I will show up in TR to meet all of you at the BBQ! Keep on going and don't give up!"

Sounds like the door is open for an epic Serb Fest Reunion - perhaps in 2017 for the 40th Anniversary of Serb Fest! Let's start working on the rest of the elders now!


5.12.15 :: TR Shopping List Now Available!

The annual shopping list is now available! As usual, we've tried to keep this as simple as possible with a goal of providing a baseline supply of communal food, alcohol and supplies - responsibilities being divided amongst the group. We’re hoping Crazy Dan can once again secure cevapcici for the group, so those who have been selected to donate cash to reimburse Dan, please have cash available at TR! We have figured 1 case of beer per man/family (8 total) as the baseline. I certainly encourage you to bring more alcohol (beer/liquor/wine, etc). Remember, the spirit of Turkey Run is somewhat trashy, so sticking with lower end beers (Old Style, High Life, Stroh's, PBR) is encouraged, but not required!


5.12.15 :: Attendence Update and Inspiring Words

I’d be remiss if I didn’t share some thoughts on the heels of learning of several TR regulars announcing that they would not be attending TR2015. In the last week, I’ve learned we’ll be without Monica, Emma, Aleks and BS. I think I can speak for everyone in that it’s always disappointing to learn of one, let alone several people whose presence at TR is truly impactful, is unable to attend. Most everyone at one time or another has missed a year or two in the 17+ years our generation has been attending. As our good friend Jovan said in 2003, (paraphrased) “We understand that everyone has to take a sabbatical for one reason or another, but no matter where life takes us or how busy we get, this is the one weekend a year that we can all come together to catch up, relive the countless memories and make new ones.” Perhaps it is a coincidence that so many more than normal are unable to join us this year. But for those breaking away this year, remember what has drawn us to Serb Fest for so many years. Know that you will be missed and we expect to see everyone return in 2016! We’ve been a resilient group in the past, as we’ve endured the passing of the torch to our generation in 2003 when it was believed that the elders would retire from TR, to the transition of welcoming significant others to TR as some misread TR to be a “guys only” weekend, to our generation introducing our own children, yet another generation to the folklore and legend of Turkey Run, and perhaps the most difficult of challenges, the loss of our good friend, Jovan – the reason why SO many of us were introduced to TR. Today, we find ourselves at another crossroads. As life continues to get more hectic and our time is in more demand than ever, you can lose sight of opportunities to make amazing memories. I’m not suggesting that the absences we’ll see in 2015 are a result of anyone losing sight of the importance of TR, but this great tradition needs you – everyone reading this – to survive. This year, we’ll book rooms for TR 2017. That will be the observance of the 40th Anniversary of Serb Fest. Can you believe that?! We’re all a part of something special. We have a healthy group attending in 2015 and I have no doubt that we’ll continue to make great memories! To the rest of you, again, we’ll miss you and will look forward to your return in 2016!

2.15.15 :: A Look Ahead to TR2015

Greetings, Turkey Run enthusiasts!! Mid February means one thing..... its time to start the look ahead to the warm air of May and the sizzle of the grills at Turkey Run! While once, the time between February and May felt like somewhat of an eternity, as I grow older with more and more responsibility, these months tend to slip away faster and faster. While I hate for time to pass that quickly sometimes, the bright side is that it does get us to the most anticipated weekend of the year that much faster! Stay tuned here at TR Online, as always, for news, updates and hype as TR 2015 approaches!

12.14.14 :: The TR Family Says Goodbye to a Legend


This December, the TR family lost Hall of Famer, Mila Zelenkovic. Known to most current attendees as 'Mrs. Z', Jovan's mother shared many same qualities and an appreciation for life as our friend Jovan did. Mrs. Z first attended Turkey Run in 1985 with Mr. Z before bringing Jovan the following year in 1986. This was the start of an annual tradition for the Zelenkovich family that of course led to the growth of 'Serb Fest' through a new generation of attendees. She was elected to the TR Hall of Fame in its inaugural year in 2003 and last attended Serb Fest in 2009. As seen in this photo from 2009, TR clearly held a special place in her heart. I know I speak for everyone who knew her and was able to share TR memories with her, that she will be truly missed, but never forgotten.

6.02.14 :: TR 2014 Another Great Success!

Another classic Serb Fest is behind us. An amazing group of people. New faces, young faces and faces from Serb Fests past.... Would could have asked for more out of the weekend? A sincere THANK YOU to all who attended for continuing the Legend that is Turkey Run! Relive the memories HERE.

Congratulations to 2014 Rookie of the Year, Dave Abel! This year, for the first time, the ROY was awarded through a vote amongst the TR High Council. Dave's attitude and energy among other unmentionables locked it up. Congrats are also due to young Ethan Heitzman for securing the 2014 Cevapcici Consuption Award! Your enthusiasm in consuming your very first cevap was unmatched by anyone else all weekend! See past award winners HERE.

5.17.14 :: A Second Audio Release in 2014! TR High Council PICKS + BONUS!


Just can't contain ourselves here at TR Online! So we have yet another Audio release for your listening pleasure! This time we've enlisted the input of the esteemed TR High Council for their top picks - one song each that to them, undeniably represented the Spirit of Turkey Run!

This idea was built off a suggestion from Jovan in 2012 when he recommended a song to be included on a future release. As 2014 came around, I figured, why not have each councilman follow Jovan's lead and select a tune?! It turns out some councilmen really couldn't pick just one... so out of that came the BONUS disc of additional tunes!

Download the tracks HERE, add them to your iTunes playlists and gear up for another high energy drive (or flight) to TR!


5.09.14 :: TR Shopping List Now Available!

The annual shopping list is now available. As usual, we've tried to keep this as simple as possible with a goal of providing a baseline supply of communal food, alcohol and supplies - responsibilities being divided amongst the group. Also, as usual, we're asking new attendees to contribute to the "Serbian Cuisine" fund - a donation of $30 to Nutz. PLEASE HAVE CASH AVAILABLE at TR! Along with the donation, 1 case of beer is requested. Remember, the spirit of Turkey Run is somewhat trashy, so sticking with lower end beers (Old Style, High Life, Stroh's, PBR) is encouraged!

If there are any questions or concerns with fulfilling your assignments, please reach out ASAP so we can reassign items if need be!




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Turkey Run :: Serb Fest - Online documents a time honored annual Memorial Day weekend tradition at Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, IN. This website serves as a hub for prospective attendees who are in need of enlightenment as to what the weekend is all about, but more importantly, as a look back to the memories that are made year after year at TR.

For most, Memorial Day weekend means a barbecue in the backyard with the family.. But for a select group of men and their families, a Fire & Ice Extravaganza takes place on what is the most anticipated weekend of the year!

If you're new, acquaint yourself through the Overview page and browse through TR's heralded past. If you've had the pleasure of experiencing TR, welcome back! I invite you to relive all of your favorite TR moments!