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news Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON -- Out Fun, Out Laugh and Out Run -- the King Turkey Day buttons are here.

Designed by Brad Behrends, the buttons are available for purchase starting today at numerous Worthington businesses and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

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"Brad's done some buttons for us before," explained Dan Huls, president of the King Turkey Day Board of Directors. "He gave us the basic idea, and he had the template."

The design is based on the well-known logo of the TV reality program "Survivor" and features a turkey running in front of a yellow, setting sun.

A King Turkey Day button design contest has taken place in the past, but this year, the King Turkey Day board already had an idea of what it wanted. Once Holly Hoffman, former contestant on "Survivor: Nicaragua," was selected as the King Turkey Day featured speaker, the board knew it wanted to use the show as the 2013 theme.

A native of Eureka, S.D., Hoffman placed fourth on the show in 2010. She is slated to speak at 1 p.m. during KTD festivities Sept. 14.

To mirror the survivor logo, the buttons will be oval this year instead of circular.

"We decided to make them oval to change things up a little bit," Huls said. "Everything we do is a little different. We've changed a lot of stuff, and we try to do something a little different every time."

The King Turkey Day buttons will be sold in conjunction with coupon books that contain over 50 coupons for local businesses.

"With just the use of a couple coupons, you can recoup the cost of the button and coupon book really easy," Huls said.

The button and coupon books can also be used for admission to the annual Pioneer Village mixer during King Turkey Day week, during which turkey sandwiches will be served.

"The Worthington race team should be there," Huls of the event. "They also have a beer garden that serves until the beer is gone."

The parade marshal and honorary turkey will also be announced at the mixer.

"The honorary turkey is someone that in the past has dedicated time, money and efforts to the celebration over the years," Huls said. "It's usually a person that has spent time on one of the boards or donated items or worked during the celebration. The parade marshal has done the same, but obviously they will be in the parade, too."

At least 18 people from Texas are expected to come to Worthington for the festivities.

This year, the Vendor Expo will be expanded, and additional buildings will be used at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

Other KTD events include the Smokin' Gobbler Cook-Off, YMCA 5K Family Fun Walk, grand parade and -- of course -- the Great Gobbler Gallop.

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