February 17th, 2011
Turkey Rama is McMinnville, Oregon’s longest tradition, a time for not only the city to come together but a time to raise money for our citiy’s organizations. To go along with Turkey Rama, the McMinnville Downtown Association puts on The Biggest Turkey! A competition where a person can raise money for a local organization. This year there were three competitors, they each chose a organization to represent , they were to raise money at events put on by the MDA, and also on their own as well. They also competed in a lipsinging contest to win points toward the crown, which is televised. This year Brittany Thomas, assisted with the first event, the Trash N 2 Fashion, as a judge and award presenter. The weekend of Turkey Rama, she also called bingo, passed out prizes donated by all the local businesses in McMinnville, assisted with kids competitions like cupcake walk and a hula hoop contest, sold raffle tickets to raise money for the MDA, painted kids faces, started and emceed the Turkey Trot, judged the Lipsync Contest, and was even honored to crown this year’s Biggst Turkey! A title her grandma, and great uncle had at one time. Not only is Turkey Rama about giving back to the community but about helping our local organizations. This year we raised 28,000 dollars for The Willamete Cancer Foundation, Homeward Bound Pets, and The Henderson House. McMinniville is a small town with only 32,000 people, but are a tight community and everyone looks forward to this annual event. For Brittany, being able to be a part of the 50th anniversary was both an honor and a blessing!