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Late Night Cevap
 
Chat
 
Crazy Dan Back Behind the Grill
 
Victorious
 
Fine Ladies of TR
 
Trails Closed for Construction - Sadness
 
Mommy Fruit
 
The Kids
 
 


Another sensational Serb Fest is behind us. Another decade has become part of the Legend. Our generation has truly found its stride – after 20 years… or, perhaps after 10 years of navigating Serb Fest with the 3rd generation in tote… Serb Fest is like a well-oiled machine, prepared to endure anything the weekend might throw at us. We were excited to not only have the Boskovic's back after their infamous 1 year "hiatus"...the unexpected return of BS was amazing as well! Attendance was once again strong at 46!

This year, the group anticipated inclement weather much of the weekend and were armed with the big Shelter, reserved for all of Saturday. This was the first time the group had officially reserved the shelter in decades. Though, it turns out, weather on Saturday was pleasant – and the shelter merely served as an auxiliary space for the kids to hang out. We were left to our own devices on Sunday – our umbrellas and tent over the grill area. Feces Mike supplemented the tent with a camouflage tarp to partially enclose the tent and protect against driving rain. Though, again, weather was relatively pleasant, with the exception of a few brief showers. With that said, we did see a hell of a storm blow through late Saturday night. And that storm, along with the relentless rain we’ve seen over the past month, was the final nail in the coffin of our annual beer float on Sugar Creek. With creek levels several feet above “normal”, Sugar Valley Canoes was forced to close entirely for the day. So Sangria Sunday had more than a few more participants.


The group managed a solid hike on Saturday afternoon. Trail 3 was closed for maintenance, so we took a reverse hike to the ladders, ascending up the ladders before heading back to the suspension bridge. It was a perfect hike for kids and grown-ups alike…

Speaking of maintenance… We experienced quite a bit of enhancements to the Park and Inn. Gone was the unsafe, dated playground adjacent to the tennis courts. In its place, a modern toddler-age playground and new paved path. The Inn’s bathrooms were significantly upgraded and the Inn modernized their key system, moving to card keys instead of traditional keys. But for a small fee, you were able to purchase an old key chain as a souvenir… We picked one up for Room 135, the Family Cabin. Crazy Dan grabbed one from the room the Boskovic’s stayed in for TR 2004, the year he and Deb had a young Danica, just a couple months old at the time…

Speaking of Dan – 2019 marked Dan’s (and the Boskovic’s) return to Serb Fest after a 1 year hiatus. Surely you all know the story behind the hiatus, but if you’re reading this years from now, let’s chat over a sizzling cevapcici at the next Serb Fest! In 2019, a much thinner, sophisticated “Crazy” Dan joined us. Turns out laying off booze for a year can do wonders for one’s mind and body…. Dan’s living proof of that… But that’s not to say his infectious laugh was absent, nor was his sense of humor.

With nearly 400 cevapcici ordered, we managed to burn through ALL of them. This in fact may be the only year in memory that we’ve “run out” – However, we were able to successfully ration what we had to keep the vultures happy through Monday morning. We’ll certainly be adding 100 to the order for 2020!

We sampled a couple new beers – or at least variations of old standbys…. Old Style Light (a significantly watered down version of Old Style, if you can believe it) and PBR Easy (a “low calorie” PBR – despite it’s calorie count at 110 being the same as your standard Miller Lite). Both seem to have been a novelty – I suspect we’ll not see them make a return appearance in future years. It’s hard to repeat the astounding success of Hamm’s a couple years ago, now a favorite of the group.

Another notable point of the weekend – Boy, did we play a lot of bags! We were darn near close to the level of competition we saw in 2007, the first year Cornhole was introduced to Serb Fest. The guys were caught up in intense competition, but managed to include some of the kids on games throughout the weekend. Carter and Ethan both showed great promise in their Bags skills!

With 2019 being an ‘odd’ year, that too meant it was once again, time to award the coveted Jovan Zelenkovich Memorial Golden Cevapcici Award. Founding Members, OLAF and Scott Berger unanimously agreed that this year’s recipient was deservingly, Mr. David Roemer. With near perfect attendance since becoming the 2005 Rookie of the Year and first recipient of the then-recently-renamed Vince Kus Honorary Intellectual of the Year Award, Roemer has steadfastly embodied all Tenets of Turkey Run…. Most importantly, Indomitable Spirit – not only at TR, but in all the long days between Serb Fest, year after year. His Spirit is was keeps the anticipation thick each year and for that, we should all be grateful! Mr. Roemer – congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

And now we set our sights on TR 2020! A new decade full of promise and debauchery. A seventh decade in which Serb Fest will have existed. Truly astounding when you think about it – 1970’s-2020’s. I’m so proud to be part of this great tradition with you all!

 
BOSKOVIC FAMILY
Crazy Dan
   
Deborah Boskovic
   
Danica Boskovic
 
Ivana Boskovic
 
STEVANOVIC FAMILY
     
DANILOVIC FAMILY
     
ZELENKOVICH FAMILY
Scott Berger
22 (24)
 
Julie Berger
15
 
Grant Berger
10
Carter Berger
8
OLAF
19 (20)
Julie L
12
 
Sara L
12
 
Jack L
11
Jimmy L
8
Jeff Heitzman
19 (20)
 
Amy Heitzman
10
 
Ethan Heitzman
7
 
Reilly Heitzman
3
 
Brian Crissie
19 (20)
 
Jeff Berger
17 (18)
 
Erin Berger
10
 
Eloise Berger
7
 
Hazel Berger
6
 
Graham Berger
2
 
Rishi Loona
14
 
Dave R
14
 
Bryanne R
11
 
Adeline R
9
 
Louis R
7
 
Brian Kelley
14 (15)
 
Yvonne Kaptein
1
 
Erich Mann
6
 
Lauren Mann
6
 
Henry Mann
5
 
Vivienne Mann
2
 
Mike Z
5
 
Amy Z
5
 
Anna Z
4
 
Kate Z
2
 
Callen Z
2
 
Amy Lund
4
 
Bryce Thal
1
 
Joe Ecker
2
 
Vikki Ecker
2
 
Maddie Ecker
2
 
Joey Ecker
2
 
     
   
XX (YY) :: XX Indicates # of trips to Serb Fest, YY Indicates total # of trips to Turkey Run
* Indicates a Demerit that has resulted in -1 Trips

Rookie of the Year  
Bryce Thal
Cevapcici Consumption Award  
Jack L & Carter Berger (Co-Recipients)
Most Improved  
Crazy Dan
Honorary Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year Award
Mike Z





 

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