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Special diamond KTD button unveiled

Susanne Murphy shows off one of the special diamond-shaped pins printed for King Turkey Day 2014. Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — In honor of the diamond jubilee of Worthington’s King Turkey Day celebration, the 2014 KTD button — featuring a diamond shape — was unveiled Wednesday afternoon at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The buttons will go on sale today at more than 50 local businesses and will be available for purchase at the Chamber’s booth during the Nobles County Fair today through Sunday in the Commercial Building.

2014 King Turkey Day President Susanne Murphy came up with the idea for the diamond-shaped button, but it was Brad Behrends, owner of Behrends Sign Works and a previous KTD button designer, who combined the special shape with photos of past KTD celebrations and a special “75 Years” logo.

Due to the button’s special shape, the price increased to $6 this year, which includes the traditional coupon book for use at numerous local businesses.

Just 2,500 buttons were printed and available for sale.

“When they’re gone, they’re gone,” Murphy said, adding that some people have requested specific numbered buttons, so those are already spoken for.

In honor of the 75th anniversary this year, a total of 75 frozen turkeys will be awarded to the owners of buttons whose numbers are called over RadioWorks radio stations. Starting Monday and continuing each week day up until Turkey Day, three numbers will be announced daily, Murphy said. Those who have a winning number are asked to bring their button to the Chamber office to receive a coupon for their free turkey.

“Fareway graciously donated all 75 frozen turkeys,” Murphy added.

The buttons also serve as a free pass to the Turkey Day Mixer, slated for Sept. 11 at the Long Branch in downtown Worthington. There, turkey sandwiches will be served and the selection of the Honorary Turkey will be announced.

“Don’t get caught without your Turkey Day button,” Murphy added.

Paycheck’s Treasure Chest is slated to open Sept. 2 in the upstairs of BenLee’s Cafe in downtown Worthington. This year, the chest will include a display of historic KTD memorabilia, as well as a 33-foot mural created by local artisan Fred Knigge that depicts the history of Worthington and King Turkey Day.

“That’s never before been seen in public in its entirety,” Murphy said.

On Friday night, Sept. 12, a country music act, Drake White, will perform at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, with Hairball returning for a three-peat performance on Saturday evening.

The fairgrounds will also be the site of a 500-ball ping-pong drop at 6 p.m. Sept. 12, inflatables for the kids, a barbecue competition, vendor expo and, new this year, donkey races with celebrity riders slated for 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

The donkey races will get under way after the grand King Turkey Day parade in downtown Worthington, and Murphy said there will be a special event to kick off the parade this year as well.

“It’s in the works to lead off the parade with 75 turkeys,” said Murphy, adding that it will be a special event to honor the KTD parades of years gone by, when turkeys were paraded down Worthington’s 10th Street to celebrate the city’s “Turkey Capital of the World” title.

Plans are to invite past KTD race team members, as well as former board members, to herd the flock of turkeys down a portion of the parade route.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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