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'Turkey' things up with cut-outs from the Chamber

WORTHINGTON -- Seriously, how often does a person or a business get asked to personalize their own turkey?

Yet, that is what the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Community Improvement Committee is asking people to do. Businesses and residents are encouraged to purchase a 3-foot tall wooden turkey cut-out from the Chamber and paint it to their own wishes, using whatever kind of creative idea they can dream up.

The turkeys can then be displayed in businesses and residences throughout the King Turkey Day festivities, which is right around the corner on Sept. 17.

Committee member Susanne Murphy said the turkeys are made of plywood and come with a pattern of what the inside lines of the bird would look like.

"We encourage people to be creative with the cut-outs," Murphy said. "Ask some kids or employees to get involved."

So what inspired the committee to create huge turkey cut-outs? According to Murphy, the committee made cut-outs last winter of snowmen and displayed them by the "Welcome to Worthington" signs stationed at each major road into town.

"They were such a big hit, we did flowers in the spring and got a lot of great comments on them," Murphy explained. "We decided to do turkeys for the celebration and have them in town also, in the spirit of celebrating King Turkey Day."

The Bob Demuths -- father and son -- made the snowmen cutouts, and Bob Demuth Jr. made the turkeys that will be posted at the Worthington signs. The turkeys available for sale at the Chamber were cut out by Marv Rall.

"Our goal is to have a turkey in every window," Murphy said with a laugh. "King Turkey Day is a major event for Worthington, so who wouldn't people want to be a part of it?"

Originally, 40 plywood cut-outs were made, but Murphy said more can be made if the first batch sells out.

John Standafer of Edward Jones stopped in at the Chamber office Wednesday to purchase a turkey, but had a bit of a problem.

"I have no artistic talent," he said.

No problem, according to Murphy.

"I don't either," she confided. "My neighbor kids are doing mine."

But if more artistic help is needed, residents or businesses can feel free to consult the Chamber, which will help them hook up with a few people who are brimming with creative artistic ideas.

"It's not a contest -- it's about joining in the fun of King Turkey Day," Murphy stated.

To go along with the cut-outs, the Community Improvement committee is also handing out the smaller turkey pattern to area elementary schools and asking students to color or paint them.

The drawings can be brought into the chamber office or Lit'l Wizards and exchanged for a treat, Murphy said.

The creations will be displayed in various places in the city throughout the festival weekend.