Support the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce and kick off the Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival a day early when the Chamber hosts a Turkey Noodle Dinner and judging for the Turkey Decorating Contest on Wednesday, May 2.

The Chamber is partnering with the people who know noodles best – the ladies of the McArthur BPW, who are famous for their noodle dinners.  The menu will include turkey noodle bowls, turkey sandwiches and desserts.

You can pick up food to go or you can stay and eat with us! While you are there, remember to check out the ceramic turkeys that are being decorated by businesses,  community groups and families in the area. These turkeys will be on display throughout the evening for you to enjoy and to vote for a favorite. The People’s Choice turkey will receive $150 cash. Turkeys will also be judged by a panel of judges who will award Grand Champion, second place, third place, and the best by a service organization. Winners will receive cash prizes. Some turkeys will also be available for purchase through a silent auction. The turkey that is sold for the most money in the auction will also receive a prize.

The Grand Champion turkey will be the model for a large turkey that will be placed along the street in downtown McArthur.

This project is made possible by the generous assistance of our sponsors Austin Powder Company, McDonalds of Wellston (coming soon to McArthur) and R&C Quick Stop. Thanks to these companies, the Chamber will give away $1,200 in cash prizes to the winning turkeys.

The ceramic turkeys are still available for purchase by emailing Brandi Betts at or Trecia Kimes-Brown at Turkeys must be turned in for judging at the Vinton County Community Building between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 2. The turkey costs $25 but there is no additional fee to enter the contest.

Why cook on May 2 when you can just eat with us? The noodle dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Vinton County Community Building on May 2. Half of the dinner proceeds will benefit the Chamber and half will benefit the BPW.  For information,  email Betts or Kimes-Brown or call 596-5033.

Want to learn more about the turkey project? Read this recent blog post!

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