The Lyndhurst Turkey Fair is keeping the spirit of the fair alive with a Turkey Sculpture Contest this September.
After the second year of cancellation because of COVID-19 restrictions, the turkey sculpture contest will go on instead of the traditional fair.
Typically, the popular fair runs on the third Saturday every year in September, with a turkey sculpture contest leading up to the big day.
"It's always been kind of a thing to build up to the fair," said Terri Dawson, publicity manager for the Lyndhurst Turkey Fair, "so that we are decorating the around the village and creating excitement about the upcoming fair."
Residents can participate in the contest as they continue to celebrate 25-plus years of Turkey Fairs, and they can look forward to a banner fair in 2022.
This year organizers decided to keep the contest this year, which will be on display in September.
"The point is to keep the spirit of the fair alive," said Dawson.
Residents who live within a 10-kilometre driving distance of downtown Lyndhurst are eligible to be judged in the contest but anyone in the village can take part in the crafting of their own sculptures.
Turkey sculptures are asked to be visible from the road for volunteer judges to see them and must be on display by Sept. 12 to be eligible for the contest. People who want to participate in the contest can start at any time, but must be completed and registered by the 12th.
On what would have been the fair day, Sept. 18, the winner of the turkey sculpture contest will be announced on the Facebook page at @Turkeyfair and on the website, www.turkeyfair.com.
"Our community still has lots of spirit," said Dawson.
The fair that in the past has brought thousands of visitors to the town will now be reduced to the small community participating in the sculpture-building contest from their homes. Organizers did not know how many people have registered for the contest but know it's usually done towards the time of judging.
Turkeys can be made from any material.
"Creativity is the key," said Dawson.
Creativity and upclycing while constructing a turkey sculpture is always encouraged. In the past people have been creative with their crafting, turning hay bales, old furniture, bushes, rocks and benches into turkeys, said Dawson.
"It's about having fun with it," said Dawson.
Wooden painted turkey heads will be available for purchase at The Green Gecko to help give participants some ideas while they are constructing their turkey sculptures. They'll be available for the purchase price of a $10 donation to the fair group.
There are three cash prizes for the best turkey sculpture. First prize will win $100, second place will win $50 and the third place in the contest will win $25.
Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times