// 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
the video file [right click, save as] or tap on your mobile devices
to view the video.
// 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
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,
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
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 relaVant 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 here today!
07- Ten Years Later
// TR 2017 Attendance Update // MEAT // 2010 Rookie of the Year // Newcomers
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 morning!
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,
// 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. Z (TR2001)
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
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
// 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
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 installment!
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
View the video HERE
or visit the documentary page for
links to other great Serb Fest video!
// TR Attendance Update
Attendance Update! I got confirmation today that Frank Malawski
will be joining Serb Fest Friday evening through Sunday morning.
I realized how overwhelming it can be for new attendees with so
much information and such a rich history portrayed in TROnline
and on Social Media. But I think you're better off with the information
overload than the "don't worry about it, just show up"
treatment Chuckles got years ago (well documented in his TAO
OF TURKEY RUN piece from 2009. With at least a couple new
guys joining us, let's see how the Rookie of the Year voting goes
down! Crazy Dan, break out the Wild Irish Rose and Mad Dog 20
// Serb Fest Collection - Volume IV Released!
excited to present the latest installment in the Serb Fest Collection
Series! This is the first new Volume in the series since 2012
after having released Serb Fest Collection Live and
Council Picks in 2014. Im particularly pleased
with the lineup this year
As always, we have a solid blend
of Southern Rock and Country tunes appropriate for the
Central Indiana flavor of TR! While there are hidden references
to TR-related themes and anecdotes in many of the selections,
Im particularly fond of Jason Aldeans 1994,
seemingly an ANTHEM for all things TR. In fact, the songs
chorus is a tribute to Country legend, Joe Diffie and specifically
references his gem of a song, Pickup Man a
favorite of Jovans and a featured tune on Serb Fest Collection
Volume 2. Coincidentally, 1994 also happens
to be a key year in Serb Fest history The year Jovan first
brought a friend to TR (Jeff Bott), setting an important precedent
leading to present day Serb Fest.
the tracks HERE,
add them to your iTunes playlists and gear up for another high
energy drive (or flight) to TR!
// TR Attendance Update
the weather in the Midwest slowly turns and warm sunny days become
more and more common, I can't help but to close my eyes and imagine
the euphoria of pulling into Turkey Run State Park Friday evening
and racing to the grill site in anticipation of cracking open
that first cold beer and dumping a pile of meat on the grill!
We're now well inside of 3 weeks to go! I can hardly contain myself!
I'm excited to share another attendance update! I got word this
past weekend that the OLAF and family have recruited Amy Lund
to finally experience the magic of Serb Fest! For those of you
who don't know Amy, she has long-time ties to many people in the
group. She remains closest with OLAF and Julie, but was also close
friends with Jovan Zelenkovich in High School and later introduced
to many of the guys you see at TR in the following years in college.
It's also worth mentioning that she has ties to the infamous Jeff
Bott, whom we're still hoping will make a return to TR - possibly
in 2017, almost twenty years after his last trip in 1998. [Serb
Fest fun-fact.... Jeff Bott was the first friend that Jovan brought
to TR back in 1994, setting an important precedent for was eventually
became modern-day Serb Fest!] I digress...... Amy has undoubtedly
heard many tales of Serb Fest over the past decade or two! It's
time she check it out for herself!
// 2016 Shopping List Available Now!
year's shopping list is now available! There aren't many changes
from previous years, but there are definitely a few differences
- Please review carefully to ensure we have all bases covered!
For those of you contributing monetarily to the Serbian Food order,
please bring cash for Crazy Dan.
// TR Attendance Update
excited to welcome Mark & Katie Decker along with their
two boys, Cameron & Aaron to Serb Fest in 2016! While this will
be there first Serb Fest, they are no strangers to Turkey Run. Mark
has 3 prior visits and Katie, 1. They are avid hikers, so expect
to see them enjoying Trail 9! On a sad note, I confirmed this week
that Monica will be unable to join us this year for the second straight
year. However, rest assured, she guaranteed a return in 2017! Also,
as most of you know, BS will once again be absent from TR. Let's
all show mercy one more year as there are mighty big plans ahead
for him as he travels to Europe. He, also is very much expected
to return to TR in 2017!
// Rishi Follows Through on 2015 Promise
foolishly cutting out of TR2015 heading to the Indianapolis Airport
his rental car, including Scott's cooler and cooler floating device,
Rishi came through this week with replacements! And to sweeten the
make-good, he through in a new set of BBQ tools, complete with built
in flash-lights. I expect he'll thoroughly enjoy using these while
late-night grilling! After hitting a high, capturing the 2015 Golden
Cevapcici Award and then hitting the low of driving off with a trunk
full of supplies, I'd say Rishi is poised to capture 2016's 'Most
// A New Look for TROnline!
hard to believe it's been nearly 13 years since TROnline made its
debut! The site has grown considerably since it's humble beginnings
as an archive for past attendees and a few ridiculous quotes. Now
its finally time to give her a new look! It'll take some time, so
bear with me - but I hope y'all enjoy TROnline 2.0!