5.22.19 // ‘Cooler Sessions’ - Crazy Dan Premiers!

 

I’m thrilled to finally share the highly anticipated next chapter of Cooler Sessions, featuring none other than Crazy Dan! Appropriate timing as he prepares to make his return to Serb Fest after his one-year hiatus! The chat takes us back to the sweltering 100 degree heat of TR2012. Learn some important Serbian techniques for staying cool in extreme heat and MUCH more! Language is technically not safe for kids, but I used to share with a 3-4 year old Grant and he thought it was hilarious. He seems to have turned out fine!

COOLER SESSIONS: DAN BOSKOVIC

5.21.19 // Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 99 - TWENTY Years Later

 

As you know, TR Online periodically brings you an in depth look back at notable years past, 10 years later in our “Turn Back The Clock” Series. The very first in our series debuted 10 years ago, looking back on 1999. A true turning point in Serb Fest History. A year in which Serb Feet’s second generation took hold and set forth down the path of a lifelong tradition. Now, in 2019, we have an opportunity to get again reflect on this pivotal year, 20 years later! Have a read and appreciate just how much has changed (and how much hasn’t) in 20 years of Serb Fest!

TR 1999 - TWENTY Years Later

5.19.19 // "One Trip Wonders" of Serb Fest Past

Let’s take a few moments to remember some of our most memorable “One Trip Wonders”! Most of us regular attendees have long committed to TR for life... A tradition of making memories with friends and family year after year... And while we always encourage regular attendance from the moment new invitees are introduced to Serb Fest, repeat attendance simply doesn’t materialize for some. For OLAF recruit, Sean Sullivan, an incredible 12 years separated his only two trips to TR. His surprise return in 2012 has certainly been the exception. Most are instantly hooked or fall immediately into TR lore. Impressively though, many who only briefly cross paths with our great tradition have managed to make lasting impressions. READ MORE>

Vince "The Intellectual" Kus
 
"Chuck the Truck" Leto
 
Arpan Desai
 
Eric "Mad Dog" Hansen
 
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2004
 
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2007
 

5.15.19 // TR Shopping List Available

The TR2019 Shopping List is now available HERE! As expected, there’s not much change from recent years, but please review your individual (limited) responsibilities to prevent unnecessary redundancy of food, drink and supplies.

Also, be sure to have cash on hand for your park entrance fee ($7) canoe/kayak rental ($15/kayak, $20/canoe) and hay ride ($10/person)

For those bringing young children on the float and will have them in kayaks, I recommend picking up a few bungee cords from your local hardware store to allow you to tether kayaks together and ensure we all continue to float slowly and blissfully down Sugar Creek!

3.16.19 // Full TR 2018 RECAP w Photos Is Finally Up!

As promised, the TR 2018 Recap is finally up at TR Online! Check it out and relive the countless ridiculous moments! I mean, the quotes alone... absolutely priceless! Some dandy photos too... ENJOY!

TR 2018 RECAP

3.11.19 // Let the Countdown Begin!! TR 2019 - 74 Days To Go!

Friends.... As most of us continue to endure a winter that just won't seem to quit, I can't believe we're less than 11 weeks out from yet another epic weekend at Turkey Run State Park. Like the promise of another Spring, TR2019 holds tremendous promise. I'm hopeful that we'll see the return of several dearly missed attendees and those who've recently returned to Serb Fest will continue the momentum forward and join us again this year!

In what seems to be the new normal here at TR Online and our Serb Fest FB Group, I've been slow to post content from the previous year.... Rest assured, this is in the works! Soon you'll be inundated with photos, ridiculous quotes and hilarious memories to get your appetite in order for this year's festivities. Stay tuned for much, much more!

5.29.18 // TR 2018 Awards Announcement!

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners! Feces Mike took home the prestigious Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year award and his boy Callen Z showed his strong, spirited personality... locking down 2018 Rookie of the Year honors. Look out for this kid in the future... He may be the next dude asking his buddies if they want to take a ride into town for some ice cream... if you know what I mean! And as for FM, let me point out that 5 of the last 6 recipients of the Intellectual of the Year award have been FM and Crazy Dan, however they've not attended TR together since 2011! Could 2019 be the year they're united and duke it out for next year's title? Or will the battle end in a stalemate, with each earning co-honors, as they did in 2011? Anticipation is high!! Finally, on a less-exciting note, Scott Berger earned this year's Cevapcici Consumption Award, after diligently pounding Serbian sausage all weekend with the sole goal of earning the award!

Check out the AWARDS ARCHIVE for a look back on past recipients!

5.29.18 // TR 2018 - Done and Done

The 41st+ edition of Serb Fest, while short a few key attendees, was none the less, not at all short of good times! The weather was outstanding and the group was energized by the return of Mike and Amy Z! The group rallied to compensate for the Boskovic’s absence for the first time since the early 2000’s. It certainly proved that they bring a heck of a lot more than crazy antics to the table each year. We’re now less than a year out from their sure-to-be triumphant return!

This year’s hike was a welcomed success after several years of poor navigation resulting in extra long hikes, we finally took the right turns that kept us to a reasonable distance and duration! The beer float was a near disaster and nearly resulted in the issuance of TR’s second official demerit (a second was threatened once before due to a stolen chair w/ footrest in the pre-children era of Serb Fest). Scott was over-confident in the group not needing a reservation for the kayak trip, but after a slightly later departure and above average nice weather, Sugar Valley Canoe Trips was at near capacity…. Running out of kayaks for all morning and early afternoon departures. That forced the majority of the group into tubes. At first this appeared to be a significant downgrade in comfort and experience, but as the trip unfolded, most agreed the tubes were fun. On another note, the group also failed to pack a secondary cooler of beer into the cars and Berger, once again could have been more diligent after Dave R asked if we had everything packed up. This certainly would have contributed to said issuance of a demerit, but miraculously, the group managed to reasonably ration the beverage supply, so all in all, the float was a success. That said, it was a big lesson learned and next year will be much better orchestrated! Perhaps this will parlay into a “most improved” award for Berger next year!

5.24.16 // ‘Cooler Sessions’ Series Debuts TODAY!

 

The time has come... For your viewing pleasure, the next installment of our "Fireside Chat" series, featuring Brian Crissie! Take a few minutes and give it a watch with the family!

FIRESIDE CHAT: BRIAN CRISSIE

5.07.18 // SERB FEST COLLECTION: Volume V RELEASED!!

The time has come! The fifth installment of the Serb Fest Collection Series is available for download! The collection once again speaks to the unique flavor of Central Indiana and the Spirit of Turkey Run.

As mentioned in recent weeks, I'm particularly excited about the two tracks that open and close Volume 5. 'P.B.R.' kicks off the collection and is sure to become a fast favorite! Clearly, the title speaks for itself... and while hilarious, this song is no joke! The tune slides into the mix as well as any other classic Serb Fest tune! And at the back end of the collection, a tune simply titled 'Cevapcici' brings a traditional Serbian Flavor to the collection. You can't help but to smile and laugh out loud as this song unfolds. And if your kids are anything like mine, they'll love it too! LOL

Between these gems are several strong tunes, representing our standby bands, The Why Store, Gov't Mule, The Flecktones, John Butler Trio, and more!

Download the tracks HERE, add them to your iTunes playlists and gear up for another high energy drive to TR!

 

5.04.18 // TR Shopping List Available // Attendence Updates

The TR 2018 Shopping List is now available HERE !! As always, let me know if there are any questions on your responsibilities!

I have confirmation that Amy Lund will be joining us once again. We know she's an enthusiast of Sugar Creek. Let's see how many trips she can muster up after the restrictions on canoeing last year! A few other notes - 2-time attendee, Frank "Meat" Malawski will not be returning this year, though we hope to see him back in the future! Brian O'Kelly and Stacey will also forgo attendence this year. Despite some absences, it's still expected to be quite the healthy turn-out! We're under three weeks to go!

4.16.18 // Rejoice! TR 2017 Recap and Photos Finally Available on TR Online!

Yes, this is admittedly 10 months late! Updating the beloved TR Online continues to be very painful this year as I continue to have file uploading issues! Never the less, our Serb Fest 40 memories are not officially archived and preserved for future generations! Take a moment to relive 2017 as we prepare for another great weekend next month!!

TR 2017 RECAP

On a similar note, the Annual Pre-Hike 'Beater' Photo page has received a bit of an overhaul. We can all agree this photo can be a bit of a pain in the ass each year, but I have to admit, the collection of photos are one of my favorite pieces of TR Online. Nearly 20 years behind us. You really see the youth come through on the early photos! WOW!

3.18.18 // TR 2018 Kick-Off // Exciting Attendance News!!

Greetings my fellow Turkey Run enthusiasts!! After a near 10 month hiatus, TR Online is back in business! My deepest apologies for the delayed posts of last years recap and the usual late Winter TR hype. Computer software issues and time restraints are to blame, but for now, things seem to be working, so away we post!

Special thanks to Bry and Dave R for the gentle nudge to get my @ss in gear. You guys get all the credit this year in lighting the TR fire!
With that said, we are just over 2 months out from the Most Anticipated Weekend of the Year! I may reach out to some of you individually, but let's be sure we have lodging squared away for everyone. If you're without a room right now, keep a close eye on the TR Inn website for last minute availability!

Without further ado, I have some exciting news to share!! I received confirmation last week that Amy & Mike Z will in fact be making their long anticipated return to TR this year! Now with 3 kids (newcomers Kate & Callen join their older sister and past attendee, Anna), this will be Mike & Amy's first trip since 2011! Mike captured Rookie of the Year honors 10 years ago in 2008 with quick witted humor and a newfound nickname, "Feces Mike". He was also a back-to-back recipient of the Honorary Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year Award in 2010-2011 and is credited with introducing Stroh's to Serb Fest. Amy, of course, is nothing but good times and folds perfectly into the fabric of TR. This is truly great news for 2018 and I hope we all continue to be spoiled by their presence into the future!

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks!

1.04.18 // Passing of a Serb Fest Legend

  On January 1, the TR family lost Hall of Famer, Miomir Stevanovic. Known to most current attendees as 'Monica's Dad', he was among several Serbian men in the 1980's who along with their families solidified the trek to Turkey Run State Park as an annual tradition, which we know has now grown to a multi-generational decades long tradition. Miomir and his wife Zofia instilled their passion for TR in their daughter Monica at a young age... and again, as we know, Monica has been instrumental in preserving the Serb Fest tradition for generations to come. While Miomir made his last visit to TR in the early 2000's, his memory lives on - most notably in the groups affinity for his incredible marinated chicken legs, a highly anticipated menu item that Monica has been gracious enough to provide in his memory. I know I speak for everyone who knew him and was able to share early Serb Fest memories with him, that he will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

5.31.17 // TR 2017 Awards Announcement!

Congratulations are in order for our 2017 Award Winners! By unanimous decision, newcomer, Joe E took home 2017 Rookie of the Year honors. It's no surprise that Joe weaved his way into the fabric and spirit of Serb Fest with ease. And pounding 60+ beers is a sure-fire way to make a solid impression on the TR High Council! Congratulatorials, Joe!

It probably goes without saying, that this, of all years, Crazy Dan is more than deserving of the Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year award, recapturing these honors for the first time since 2012 and becoming an unprecedented 3rd time honoree.

Carter Berger earned the Cevapcici Consumption Award for the second straight year, having proclaimed early in the weekend that he was ONLY interested in eating Cevap this weekend! His family continues to be proud and overjoyed. Who will step up and challenge him in 2018??

And finally, the 7th recipient of the Jovan Zelenkovich Memorial Golden Cevapcici Award is a very deserving, OLAF. Now, 17 trips to Serb Fest under his belt… One of three invitees of Jovan back in 1998 - leading to Founding Member status in 2013 - clearly, he's been a cornerstone of this, the second generation of Serb Fest. He also is responsible for the first male attendee of the 3rd generation, as his son John was introduced to TR in 2008 just a couple months into his young life. He's responsible for the 'symbol' of TR - we all know it! A moment captured on camera back in 2003. "Nobody pounds beers like OLAF, NOBODY… But we plan for that, and it's okay…" That's one of my favorite historical quotes from Jovan way back when… He may not be QUITE the same beer pounder as he was in his younger days, but I wouldn't bet against him… He's been an active recruiter of new attendees for well over a decade…. And last but not least, he cooks some mean potatoes! Next time you see OLAF, be sure to congratulate him again and praise him for his Serb Fest related achievements!

Check out the AWARDS ARCHIVE for a look back on past recipients!

5.30.17 // Serb Fest 40: An Instant Classic!

Serb Fest 40 is in the books and as expected, it did NOT disappoint! I can already anticipate putting together one of those "Turn Back The Clock" pieces on TR 2017, 10 years from now as we prepare for Serb Fest 50! A series of events starting late Friday evening running through check-out Monday morning became instant legend… Folklore that will be shared for generations to come. Those of us in attendance will never forget it - especially those who were witness to said events. I'll choose to refrain from recounting these events on TROnline in the interest of those involved. But it's no secret, just ask… and we'll share the story - perhaps with only mild embellishment. The only downside to the weekend was the cancelation of the Beer Float due to excessively high water levels on the creek. It was disappointing, but few let it stand in their way of a good time. The weekend introduced many of us to the glory of Hamms Light - deemed the "perfect breakfast beer". Hamms, like Ham… get it? No seriously, Hamms Light paired with Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage and potatoes --- MAGIC! We had a surprise appearance from Aleks after she led us to believe she had an unavoidable conflict Memorial Day weekend. The group enjoyed movie night in the shelter thanks to a new projector, as we relived the old TR classic, Fire & Ice Extravaganza and shared some of our latest video projects of Crazy Dan. Check out the full reel of quotes from the weekend and you'll understand just how ridiculous the TR 2017 was!

5.26.17 // Weather Update // Sugar Creek Conditions // Last Minute Reminders

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s finally here!
THE MOST ANTICIPATED WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!

Weather has improved a bit from earlier in the week. Temperatures remain in the upper 70's to upwards up 80 degrees and chances of rain on Sunday has subsided a bit, but timing of the rain may impact the Sunday Beer Float. Otherwise, Sugar Creek levels are only slightly above normal and is expected to be open to all ages, weather permitting...

Some last minute reminders before you hit the road: Be sure to have cash for your entrance fee to TR State Park – Typically $7 for out-of-state unless rates have gone up. Also, have cash on hand for the hay ride, if interested (between $10-20 for a family – OLAF may remember the exact rate). And of course, if your shopping list includes a Serbian Food cash donation, please get your money to me as soon as you can. I’ll make sure we’re covered before reimbursing Crazy Dan (Thanks again, Dan for handling the critical task of supplying the Serbian cuisine!) AND FINALLY – Please note that we’re going to do our best to stick to a “schedule” for a few key events this weekend. I know it’s tough to always be around when parenting duties call – but please make an effort to be at the grill site for the following events:

Saturday, 4:00pm – Annual Beater Photo
Sunday, 5:30pm – Awards Ceremony
Sunday, 5:45pm – Full Group Photo

A full schedule of events can be found HERE

5.24.17 // ‘Cooler Sessions’ Series Debuts TODAY!

 

As if the Fireside Chat series wasn’t enough… TR Online introduces yet another video series that we’ll build upon in the future! Welcome to ‘Cooler Sessions’! The first chapter features 3-time attendee, Brian O’Kelly. The interview was filmed during TR2012 in the midst of Brian’s second trip to TR. In contrast to Crazy Dan’s ‘Fireside Chat’ which, among much of his antics, speaks eloquently about the history of Serb Fest from the perspective of our longest-tenured attendee… Brian brings a youthful perspective of Serb Fest – relevant to many of our newer invitees, even those experiencing Serb Fest for the very first time this year! ENJOY!

COOLER SESSIONS: BRIAN O'KELLY

5.24.17 // Reserve Your Rooms NOW for TR 2019!

It’s time to reserve your room for TR 2019!! Follow the Online Reservation Wizard. TR 2019 is scheduled for Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019. Remember, rooms book quickly and waiting until this weekend to reserve in person at TR Inn may be too late! You are only paying for one night’s stay up front as a deposit, which of course is fully refundable in the sad event that you need to cancel (up to 4 days prior to check-in) due to some unfortunate event keeping you from attending. Also, pay consideration to the possibility of reserving an extra room for potential guests of yours at TR 2019. It’s certainly encouraged to extend invitations to friends and family of yours outside of our immediate group! Remember, it is the responsibility of all of us to continually spread the Legend of Turkey Run to ensure the future livelihood and success of Serb Fest!

5.21.17 // ‘Fireside Chat’ Series Debuts featuring Crazy Dan!

FIRESIDE CHAT: CRAZY DAN [Right click, save as] or tap to stream to your mobile devices

 

As advertised, the first Chapter of the new ‘Fireside Chat’ series is NOW AVAILABLE for your viewing pleasure! Filmed nearly 5 years ago, late night during TR2012, the release of this priceless footage in some form has been highly anticipated from the moment it was captured! Originally part of a flurry of filming done at TR2012 intended to contribute to the production of our next full-length documentary – a look at the rich history of Serb Fest. Time has proven that production of such a documentary is no small task, but one that certainly remains an aspiration for us all. And so, Krangis and Scott agreed that we simply couldn’t hold back on the release of this legendary interview session any longer. It stands tremendously well on its own and will leaving you crying from laughter. Throughout the interview, you hear the small group that had gathered behind the camera fight to hold back the uncontrollable laughter. The good news is that today, you can laugh to your heart’s content! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??!

 


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documents a time honored annual Memorial Day weekend tradition at Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, IN - SERB FEST! This website serves as a hub for prospective attendees who are in need of enlightenment as to what the weekend is all about, but more importantly, as a look back to the memories that are made year after year at TR.

For most, Memorial Day weekend means a barbecue in the backyard with the family.. But for a select group of men and their families, a Fire & Ice Extravaganza takes place on what is the most anticipated weekend of the year!

If you're new, acquaint yourself through the Overview page and browse through Serb Fest's heralded past. If you've had the pleasure of experiencing TR, welcome back! I invite you to relive all of your favorite TR moments!