We were thrilled to meet several new 3rd generation attendees in 2013, including Louis R, Ethan Heitzman (who took home Rookie of the Year honors), Hazel Berger, Max Russo (Vince Kus Honorary Intellectual of the Year Award Winner) and James (Porsangi). This continued the trend of strong, rapid growth in numbers for this generation! I know it makes the parents of these young attendees proud to see such joy and excitement in the eyes of their children while at Turkey Run. You can truly see the Spirit of Serb Fest being instilled into each of them!
One of the more notable aspects of the weekend was the resurgence in the consumption of cevapcici, led enthusiastically by Scott Berger, who came into the weekend with a strong desire to take him his first Cevapcici Consumption Award. He maintained focus throughout the weekend and consumed a steady diet of cevapcici. The group as a whole consumed well over 300 Serbian sausages, significantly more than each of the past several years as the Serb Fest staple had lost popularity to a much wider variety of menu items.
Sunday evening, Scott Berger made several announcements on behalf of the TR High Council. Rishi Loona was formally elevated to Councilman, nearly 3 years overdue. After consulting with Honorary Senior Founding Member, Dan Boskovic, Scott was proud to announce the elevation of OLAF to Founding Member. Following this announcement, in accordance with the bylaws of the TR High Council, Dan announced that Scott was to be elevated to Senior Founding Member. Following these announcements, was the highly anticipated announcement of the 2013 Golden Cevapcici Award, which was renamed this year in memory of Jovan Zelenkovich, its inaugural recipient and an individual whom so undeniably lived the Tenets of Turkey Run each and every day. With that said, Scott was proud to announce Krangis Berger as the 2013 recipient of the Jovan Zelenkovich Memorial Golden Cevapcici Award. This was clearly in direct response to his great contributions to the preservation of the Legend of Turkey Run through his amazing documentary projects; including 2004s Fire & Ice Extravaganza, 2005s Fire & Ice Extravaganza Special Edition and video trailers for TR 2005 and 2013. Were all, of course, waiting in high anticipation for the release of the next full-length feature documentary, expected in May 2014. Congratulations to Krangis as the 5th recipient of this coveted award!
A short time later, Scott addressed attendees one more time with a shocking announcement that Nutzs infamous demerit had finally been lifted! As the one and only demerit issued in Serb Fest history, it has been a cloud hanging over Nutzs legacy for over a decade. In addition to the numerous reasons for Nutz having earned the 2011 Golden Cevapcici Award, Nutz played a critical role in the persuasion of BS to alter has travel plans for the Summer of 2010 to attend TR. In this encouragement, Nutz clearly demonstrated a fundamental understanding of Rule #9 of the TR Code of Ethics Memorial Day Weekend Clear it for life This year, he once again demonstrated loyalty to Serb Fest by making an abbreviated appearance with his family, including TRs youngest attendee to date (surpassing the previous youngest attendee by a matter of 2 days), despite a family obligation Saturday afternoon. After weeks of indecisiveness over the confirmation of their attendance, it ultimately came down to the realization that all matters of practicality fall away when it comes to TR Having just completed his reign as Golden Cevapcici Award winner, it finally felt fitting that now was the appropriate time to lift the cloud and clear the asterisk from his name going forward.
now look ahead to TR 2014 as we hope to see the return of several regular
attendees in Mike & Amy Z, Brian OKelly, Chuckles and Julia
& Elmer Velasco.
where'd you get this bread?" - CR
was a rough evening!" - Crazy Dan
feel partially like an irresponsible father, but mainly lke a happy
one!" - Nutz
to Right] Brian Kelley, Craz Dan, Brian Crissie, Jeff Berger, Rishi
Loona, Erich Mann, Jack L, OLAF (Jimmy L), Grant Berger, Scott Berger
(Carter Berger), (Thor) Dave R, (Ethan Heitzman) Jeff Heitzman