With many marching to the beat of their own drum over the course of the weekend, it left many with the perception that attendance was down this year. However, believe it or not, it appears we actually set a modern Serb Fest attendance record with 45 attendees! And thats without several regular attendees in the mix!
Upon arrival Friday evening, while the group normally finds a desolate Turkey Run State Park, the shelter adjacent to our normal grill site was being set up for a Wedding Rehearsal dinner. Being the considerate wife-beater-wearing folks that we are, we elected to move our gathering to an alternate location for the evening a small shelter off the trail to the suspension bridge. With light, electricity and plenty of space for the Friday night group, this turned out to work PERFECTLY! So much so that most agreed that this should become standard procedure for future Friday nights!
The unconventional nature of the weekend continued on Saturday as the men never actually got around to taking their annual hike. The annual pre-hike wife beater photo was however still taken! Call it a result of our aging bodies or a result of the increasing number of young children running around, but the opportunity never seemed to present itself to get the men together and motivated to head into the woods. Few, if any, seemed to miss it. But thats not to say that the tradition will not resurrect itself in the future.
Sunday morning, after all of the hoopla surrounding the new alcohol policy on Sugar Creek, due to high water levels, trips were only running on a restricted basis. The group collectively decided to forgo this tradition as well and immediately moved to grilling and drinking. Somehow yet again, despite omitting a major Serb Fest event didnt seem to have much of an impact on the groups moral. Good time continued!
TR2011 hosted several new attendees and once again, continued growth of third generation attendees! Many spent a great deal of time chasing around their young, but their smiles and laughter made the effort worth it. You could see their passion for Turkey Run blossoming in front of your very eyes.
Usual late-night antics ensued each of the 3 nights. Sundays late night gathering was kicked off by Scott & Jovans presentation of the coveted 2011 Golden Cevapcici Award to Mr. Jeff Heitzman. His history with modern day Serb Fest including his witnessing of the infamous TR 1999, his coining of the term Fire & Ice in 2003 and his recent willingness to enthusiastically take over the responsibility of securing the weekends Serbian food made him a deserving recipient! We congratulate him on his achievement and place in Serb Fest history!
"So your sack no longer looks like the bottom of a shrimping boat?" - Feces Mike (to Crazy Dan)
"Paloma? That's a classy name for a trashy drink..." - Scott Berger
"If I were a stripper, my name would be CocoNutz" - Amy Heitzman
"C'mon kids, watch me pitch a tent..." - Feces Mike
my God, we're running late [for the Wife Beater Photo]... They're gonna
kill us!" - Feces Mike
are such a disappointment" - Amy Heitzman
they erased the pictures!" - Crazy Dan
to Right] Jeff Heitzman, Brian Kelley, Elmer Ceren, Jovan Zelenkovich,
Dave R, OLAF, Dan W, Jack L, Mike Z, Scott Berger, Grant Berger (Ivana
Boskovic), Crazy Dan, Brian Crissie