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5.20.16 // TR Attendance Update

TR Attendance Update! I got confirmation today that Frank Malawski will be joining Serb Fest Friday evening through Sunday morning. I realized how overwhelming it can be for new attendees with so much information and such a rich history portrayed in TROnline and on Social Media. But I think you're better off with the information overload than the "don't worry about it, just show up" treatment Chuckles got years ago (well documented in his TAO OF TURKEY RUN piece from 2009. With at least a couple new guys joining us, let's see how the Rookie of the Year voting goes down! Crazy Dan, break out the Wild Irish Rose and Mad Dog 20 20!

5.19.16 // Serb Fest Collection - Volume IV Released!

I’m excited to present the latest installment in the Serb Fest Collection Series! This is the first new Volume in the series since 2012 after having released ‘Serb Fest Collection Live’ and ‘Council Picks’ in 2014. I’m particularly pleased with the lineup this year… As always, we have a solid blend of Southern Rock and Country tunes – appropriate for the Central Indiana flavor of TR! While there are hidden references to TR-related themes and anecdotes in many of the selections, I’m particularly fond of Jason Aldean’s ‘1994’, seemingly an ANTHEM for all things TR. In fact, the song’s chorus is a tribute to Country legend, Joe Diffie and specifically references his gem of a song, ‘Pickup Man’ – a favorite of Jovan’s and a featured tune on Serb Fest Collection – Volume 2. Coincidentally, ‘1994’ also happens to be a key year in Serb Fest history – The year Jovan first brought a friend to TR (Jeff Bott), setting an important precedent leading to present day Serb Fest.

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

 

5.09.16 // TR Attendance Update

As the weather in the Midwest slowly turns and warm sunny days become more and more common, I can't help but to close my eyes and imagine the euphoria of pulling into Turkey Run State Park Friday evening and racing to the grill site in anticipation of cracking open that first cold beer and dumping a pile of meat on the grill! We're now well inside of 3 weeks to go! I can hardly contain myself!

I'm excited to share another attendance update! I got word this past weekend that the OLAF and family have recruited Amy Lund to finally experience the magic of Serb Fest! For those of you who don't know Amy, she has long-time ties to many people in the group. She remains closest with OLAF and Julie, but was also close friends with Jovan Zelenkovich in High School and later introduced to many of the guys you see at TR in the following years in college. It's also worth mentioning that she has ties to the infamous Jeff Bott, whom we're still hoping will make a return to TR - possibly in 2017, almost twenty years after his last trip in 1998. [Serb Fest fun-fact.... Jeff Bott was the first friend that Jovan brought to TR back in 1994, setting an important precedent for was eventually became modern-day Serb Fest!] I digress...... Amy has undoubtedly heard many tales of Serb Fest over the past decade or two! It's time she check it out for herself!

5.02.16 // 2016 Shopping List Available Now!

This year's shopping list is now available! There aren't many changes from previous years, but there are definitely a few differences - Please review carefully to ensure we have all bases covered! For those of you contributing monetarily to the Serbian Food order, please bring cash for Crazy Dan.

2016 Shopping List

4.24.16 // TR Attendance Update

We're excited to welcome Mark & Katie Decker along with their two boys, Cameron & Aaron to Serb Fest in 2016! While this will be there first Serb Fest, they are no strangers to Turkey Run. Mark has 3 prior visits and Katie, 1. They are avid hikers, so expect to see them enjoying Trail 9! On a sad note, I confirmed this week that Monica will be unable to join us this year for the second straight year. However, rest assured, she guaranteed a return in 2017! Also, as most of you know, BS will once again be absent from TR. Let's all show mercy one more year as there are mighty big plans ahead for him as he travels to Europe. He, also is very much expected to return to TR in 2017!

4.23.16 // Rishi Follows Through on 2015 Promise

  After foolishly cutting out of TR2015 heading to the Indianapolis Airport his rental car, including Scott's cooler and cooler floating device, Rishi came through this week with replacements! And to sweeten the make-good, he through in a new set of BBQ tools, complete with built in flash-lights. I expect he'll thoroughly enjoy using these while late-night grilling! After hitting a high, capturing the 2015 Golden Cevapcici Award and then hitting the low of driving off with a trunk full of supplies, I'd say Rishi is poised to capture 2016's 'Most Improved' Award!

2.20.16 // A New Look for TROnline!

It's hard to believe it's been nearly 13 years since TROnline made its debut! The site has grown considerably since it's humble beginnings as an archive for past attendees and a few ridiculous quotes. Now its finally time to give her a new look! It'll take some time, so bear with me - but I hope y'all enjoy TROnline 2.0!

5.30.15 // TR 2015 Comes to a Close After Another Memorable Weekend!

A beautiful weekend and more outstanding memories! Thanks to everyone who spend the weekend with us. It was a weekend of Kirkland Light and the return of the Beer Float that made TR 2015 somewhat of a throwback to TRs past! The food was amazing and it's been a pleasure watching the 3rd generation kids grow and appreciate TR for all that it is! Ziveli and bring on 2016! Take a look at the 2015 recap HERE.


5.19.15 // More Attendance Confirmations!

  Shout out to Erik and Julie for their solid recruiting efforts this year! Just got word of additional attendees! OLAF's nanny, Sam Chandler and boyfriend Joey Maddox are set to return! Clearly a failed attempt from Crazy Dan last year to scare off Sam! Joey, was a contender for last year's Rookie of the Year. They're also bringing the backup nanny, Maggie Gray & her boyfriend Eric Schiller. It sounds like they're ready to compete for 2015's award class! And watch out Rishi, I hear they're into Fireball! They'll be at TR Friday through late Sunday.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Maggie and Eric are unable to attend. Sam & Joey have also chosen no longer make the trip as a result.


5.17.15 // Attendence Update!

  Great news! I just received word last night from OLAF's camp that we have late unexpected confirmation that 2011 Rookie of the Year, Dan W and his wife Rachel and daughter Chloe will be joining us at TR! This marks the first time a Rookie of the Year who had initially attended only that one year will make his return trip after an extended absence. The only others to hold the ROY honor who have been absent since are 2004 ROY Arpan Desai (we're working on an eventual return) and 2006 ROY Joe Taylor. (It will be interesting to see if he crosses paths with Serb Fest someday in the future as he gets older). In any event, we're excited to have Dan and family return in 2015!

5.13.15 // Message From "Abe Lincoln"


Nikola Sorak - "Abe Lincoln"
Founder of Serb Fest

  In a message this morning on a recent Facebook Serb Fest post, the Grandfather of Serb Fest, Nikola Sorak (Abe Lincoln) posted words of encouragement to the group:

"Maybe one day I will show up in TR to meet all of you at the BBQ! Keep on going and don't give up!"

Sounds like the door is open for an epic Serb Fest Reunion - perhaps in 2017 for the 40th Anniversary of Serb Fest! Let's start working on the rest of the elders now!

Ziveli!

5.12.15 // TR Shopping List Now Available!

The annual shopping list is now available! As usual, we've tried to keep this as simple as possible with a goal of providing a baseline supply of communal food, alcohol and supplies - responsibilities being divided amongst the group. We’re hoping Crazy Dan can once again secure cevapcici for the group, so those who have been selected to donate cash to reimburse Dan, please have cash available at TR! We have figured 1 case of beer per man/family (8 total) as the baseline. I certainly encourage you to bring more alcohol (beer/liquor/wine, etc). Remember, the spirit of Turkey Run is somewhat trashy, so sticking with lower end beers (Old Style, High Life, Stroh's, PBR) is encouraged, but not required!

TR 2015 SHOPPING LIST


5.12.15 // Attendence Update and Inspiring Words

I’d be remiss if I didn’t share some thoughts on the heels of learning of several TR regulars announcing that they would not be attending TR2015. In the last week, I’ve learned we’ll be without Monica, Emma, Aleks and BS. I think I can speak for everyone in that it’s always disappointing to learn of one, let alone several people whose presence at TR is truly impactful, is unable to attend. Most everyone at one time or another has missed a year or two in the 17+ years our generation has been attending. As our good friend Jovan said in 2003, (paraphrased) “We understand that everyone has to take a sabbatical for one reason or another, but no matter where life takes us or how busy we get, this is the one weekend a year that we can all come together to catch up, relive the countless memories and make new ones.” Perhaps it is a coincidence that so many more than normal are unable to join us this year. But for those breaking away this year, remember what has drawn us to Serb Fest for so many years. Know that you will be missed and we expect to see everyone return in 2016! We’ve been a resilient group in the past, as we’ve endured the passing of the torch to our generation in 2003 when it was believed that the elders would retire from TR, to the transition of welcoming significant others to TR as some misread TR to be a “guys only” weekend, to our generation introducing our own children, yet another generation to the folklore and legend of Turkey Run, and perhaps the most difficult of challenges, the loss of our good friend, Jovan – the reason why SO many of us were introduced to TR. Today, we find ourselves at another crossroads. As life continues to get more hectic and our time is in more demand than ever, you can lose sight of opportunities to make amazing memories. I’m not suggesting that the absences we’ll see in 2015 are a result of anyone losing sight of the importance of TR, but this great tradition needs you – everyone reading this – to survive. This year, we’ll book rooms for TR 2017. That will be the observance of the 40th Anniversary of Serb Fest. Can you believe that?! We’re all a part of something special. We have a healthy group attending in 2015 and I have no doubt that we’ll continue to make great memories! To the rest of you, again, we’ll miss you and will look forward to your return in 2016!


2.15.15 :: A Look Ahead to TR2015

Greetings, Turkey Run enthusiasts!! Mid February means one thing..... its time to start the look ahead to the warm air of May and the sizzle of the grills at Turkey Run! While once, the time between February and May felt like somewhat of an eternity, as I grow older with more and more responsibility, these months tend to slip away faster and faster. While I hate for time to pass that quickly sometimes, the bright side is that it does get us to the most anticipated weekend of the year that much faster! Stay tuned here at TR Online, as always, for news, updates and hype as TR 2015 approaches!


12.14.14 :: The TR Family Says Goodbye to a Legend

 

This December, the TR family lost Hall of Famer, Mila Zelenkovic. Known to most current attendees as 'Mrs. Z', Jovan's mother shared many same qualities and an appreciation for life as our friend Jovan did. Mrs. Z first attended Turkey Run in 1985 with Mr. Z before bringing Jovan the following year in 1986. This was the start of an annual tradition for the Zelenkovich family that of course led to the growth of 'Serb Fest' through a new generation of attendees. She was elected to the TR Hall of Fame in its inaugural year in 2003 and last attended Serb Fest in 2009. As seen in this photo from 2009, TR clearly held a special place in her heart. I know I speak for everyone who knew her and was able to share TR memories with her, that she will be truly missed, but never forgotten.


6.02.14 :: TR 2014 Another Great Success!

Another classic Serb Fest is behind us. An amazing group of people. New faces, young faces and faces from Serb Fests past.... Would could have asked for more out of the weekend? A sincere THANK YOU to all who attended for continuing the Legend that is Turkey Run! Relive the memories HERE.

Congratulations to 2014 Rookie of the Year, Dave Abel! This year, for the first time, the ROY was awarded through a vote amongst the TR High Council. Dave's attitude and energy among other unmentionables locked it up. Congrats are also due to young Ethan Heitzman for securing the 2014 Cevapcici Consuption Award! Your enthusiasm in consuming your very first cevap was unmatched by anyone else all weekend! See past award winners HERE.


5.17.14 :: A Second Audio Release in 2014! TR High Council PICKS + BONUS!

 

Just can't contain ourselves here at TR Online! So we have yet another Audio release for your listening pleasure! This time we've enlisted the input of the esteemed TR High Council for their top picks - one song each that to them, undeniably represented the Spirit of Turkey Run!

This idea was built off a suggestion from Jovan in 2012 when he recommended a song to be included on a future release. As 2014 came around, I figured, why not have each councilman follow Jovan's lead and select a tune?! It turns out some councilmen really couldn't pick just one... so out of that came the BONUS disc of additional tunes!

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

 


5.09.14 :: TR Shopping List Now Available!

The annual shopping list is now available. As usual, we've tried to keep this as simple as possible with a goal of providing a baseline supply of communal food, alcohol and supplies - responsibilities being divided amongst the group. Also, as usual, we're asking new attendees to contribute to the "Serbian Cuisine" fund - a donation of $30 to Nutz. PLEASE HAVE CASH AVAILABLE at TR! Along with the donation, 1 case of beer is requested. Remember, the spirit of Turkey Run is somewhat trashy, so sticking with lower end beers (Old Style, High Life, Stroh's, PBR) is encouraged!

If there are any questions or concerns with fulfilling your assignments, please reach out ASAP so we can reassign items if need be!

TR 2014 SHOPPING LIST


5.06.14 :: 2014 Awards - Will You Compete??
Such a special part of Serb Fest each year, is the presentation of our annual awards at the end of the weekend. I look forward to recognizing the Spirit of each of the award winner and adding these individuals to the long list of award winners from years past. Having been formally presenting awards since 2003, we've seeing an impressive group of winners that continues to grow each year! As we know, the covetted Jovan Zelenkovich Memorial Golden Cevapcici Award is the highest honor one can receive - but it is only awarded every other year. All other awards, including Rookie of the Year, Cevapcici Consumption Award, Honorary Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year and Most Improved are all annual awards, but are only awarded if there is deemed a worthy recipient.

With that said, I encourage each and every one of you to consider stacking your "TR Resumes". Seek to win an award you've never won. Or seek to recapture a title you've held in the past. Stacking the deck will only help you when it comes time to determine the next Golden Cevapcici Award Winner!

Browse the AWARDS ARCHIVE and appreciate the many award winners who've made the TR history books. I look forward to seeing who takes home the "hardware" in 2014! Ladies, this includes you all! It's time we open up the field and bring even greater competitive spirit to Serb Fest! Good Luck!

5.02.14 :: Serb Fest Collection - LIVE Released!

 

The newest audio release from TR Online is now available! Serb Fest Collection- LIVE contains 12 incredible live performances of classic Serb Fest songs sampled from each of the previous 6 audio releases! The idea came to me last year when stumbling across a performance of Gov't Mule's "Tear Me Down", a song featured during the credits of 2003's Fire & Ice Extravaganza documentary. I was inspired by the energy of the live performance and the presence of the crowd and thought how fantastic it would be to assemble live performances of some of the best TR-related tures we've grown to love over the last decade-plus!

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

MORE on this release.


4.26.14 :: Documentary Update

As we all know, the next documentary has been slated for release on-again-off-again for several years. Knowing realistically this will be the last full-scale video release at least until the 3rd generation is poised to carry the Serb Fest torch, the intent is to truly make this next release as strong as possible; one that captures the essence and spirit of Turkey Run past, present and future. We have phenomenal footage and interviews in our vault and while we initially targeted this May as a release date, Krangis has made the executive decision to postpone release one more year in an effort to capture additional supporting footage at TR 2014 to fulfill his vision! While the wait is a bit painful, the wait will be worth it! Give Krangis, the reigning Golden Cevapcici Award receipient, a vote of encouragement when you see him this year!

In the meantime, we're working on getting the original Fire & Ice documentary online including bonus footage for your viewing pleasure! Stay tuned to TR Online for more information in the coming weeks!

4.26.14 :: TR Online Updates

Enhancements are being made annually to TR Online, typically from February to June. While I got a late start this year, several enhancements and updateds have been made recently with more to come! Check out the new look TR High Council page, Code of Ethics page and FAQ page. Content is also being made to Profile pages regularly. As always, if you have any photos or care to contribute any written content to yours or someone else's profile, please contact me!


4.25.14 :: More Attendence News - O'Kelly to Return to Serb Fest

 

It's been confirmed that Brian O'Kelly will indeed be making his return to Turkey Run this year after a one year hiatus. This will be his 3rd trip to Serb Fest. He made his TR debut in 2010, taking home Rookie of the Year honors with his energy and youthful spirit. We're glad to see him return! I'm also happy to report that we'll be joined by a friend of Brian's, Dave Abel. I've yet to have the pleasure of meeting Dave, but I'm confident that we'll (and by we, I mean Crazy Dan) break him in in short order! Rookie of the Year honors looks to be quite the competitive landscape this year with several first time attendees among us!


4.25.14 :: Attendance List Taking Shape for TR 2014

With under 1 month to go, I've received confirmations I'm happy to report and as always, a few that come with some sadness. I'm happy to introduce a new family joining us this year, courtesy of the Heitzman's. Welcome to their friends, Joe, Shawna and their 1 yr old son Brody! I've also received confirmation of the return of 2013 rookies, Erich and Lauren Mann, who this year will be joined by their son Henry! I've received unconfirmed word that we may be joined again by Mr. Brian O'Kelly after a one year hiatus! This is good news, especially considering it appears that Serb Fest, for the first time in 14 years, will be without the presence of Brian Kelley. We will surely miss his antics, but will eagerly await his return in 2015! Sadly, it appears that Chuckles will be unable to make his highly anticpated return to TR this year. The door is not completely closed at this point, but we're at the mercy of the ridiculously high airefare coming to a reasonable point. More to come! As always, please relay any attendence confirmations to me!


4.24.14 :: Competition Heats up for 2014 Cevapcici Consumption Award!

Things are getting intense on the Serb Fest Facebook page, as several Moms are volunteering and insisting their young will be in strong competition for this year's Cevapcici Consumption Award. Reigning award winner, Scott Berger had a thing or two to say about it though, being clearly interesting in defending his title! This will surely be settled 'round the blazing grills of TR. Keep in mind if you're thinking about this logically - a grown man with a solid appetite vs young toddlers - surely this can't be a fair matchup! The award is not solely given on quantity of sausages, but more-so on the spirit with which they're consumed! This throws an element of subjectivity into the competition, but certainly makes it much more interesting! I encourage all attendees to compete!


3.22.14 :: TR 2014 - Right Around The Corner!

So, admittedly, a late start this year on TR Online, but alas, the season of TR hype is upon us! While most of us have endured perhaps the worst winter of our lives, going strong into March, the good news is that April is a week away and we're less than 9 short weeks until TR 2014! The warm sun and sizzle of the grill never sounded so good! As usual, I have big plans for TR Online in the coming months and hope that it fuels your excitement for Memorial Day weekend as much as it does mine! Stay tuned!


6.20.13 :: Happy 10th Birthday, TR Online!

It seems like just yesterday that this great idea of a website to honor TR was born, but believe it or not, its been 10 YEARS! TR Online has come a long way from its inception following TR 2003. It was initially put together to simply help a few of us help remember who attended the prior few years. This information was previously tracked on a spreadsheet (along with the still-used TR shopping list). This spreadsheet is mentioned by John in the Fire & Ice Documentary when he has trouble remembering some of the attendees from years past and "wishes he had that spreadsheet!". Today, TR Online serves as hub for perspective attendees, but most importantly, as a look back to the memories that are made year after year at TR! Its an almanac of Serb Fest history and I simply can't wait to see how the site and its content evolves over the next 10 years! Thank you all for visiting!


6.02.13 :: TR 2013 - A Success, Once Again!

TR 2013 may always be most remembered for being our first TR without our old friend Jovan, but we’ll also remember it as a celebration of his memory and affirmation that this great tradition that he was so passionate about will continue to live on in his honor. Thanks to all who attended in 2013 and for living in the great spirit of Serb Fest amongst family and great friends! There’s so much to recognize coming out of the weekend – particularly with regards to a number of Awards handed out this year! Congratulations are in order for Krangis, who took home the honor of being the 5th recipient of the (newly renamed) Jovan Zelenkovich Memorial Golden Cevapcici Award. Congratulations are also in order for the 2013 Rookie of the Year, Ethan Heitzman, the Vince Kus Honorary Intellectual of the Year, Max Russo, and Cevapcici Consumption Award winner, Scott Berger. Each recipient demonstrated exceptional displays of the Tenets of Turkey Run. I invite you to relive the great memories of TR 2013 HERE.


5.17.13 :: TR Multimedia On-the-Go! Fire & Ice Special Edition Now Available through Digital Download!

 

Looking to hype up your upcoming TR experience on the go?! We've long offered digital downloads of your favorite soundtracks and Serb Fest music collections. We have two exciting and emotional video trailers available to stream online. Now, I'm proud to announce the release of 2004's "Fire & Ice Extravaganza" through digital download!

Download and import into iTunes to carry this classic TR footage with you on your mobile devices! Its great for the ride down to TR or your flight into Chicago! Hell, its great for the kids! In the future we hope to bring you additional bonus footage from the Special Edition release!

Download the video file [right click, save as] HERE
(be sure the file extension is saved as .m4v)

And of course, reconnect with the incredible music collections we have available for download - inspired by the Spirit of Turkey Run! Speaking from personal experience, these tunes set the stage for TR like nothing else!


5.12.13 :: Video Trailer for TR2013 is Released!

As we're now officially inside of two weeks to arguably one of the most pivotal years in Serb Fest history, I want to thank each and everyone of you for your continued enthusiasm and loyalty to this amazing tradition we're all so fortunate to be a part of. As you all know, we have captured a lot of video footage over the past decade including some very touching interviews with Jovan last year. While none of us knew what would be in store the following year, it makes his words that much more inspiring. Without further adieu, on behalf of Krangis, I present the following trailer for TR 2013.
 

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5.01.13 :: Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 03- Ten Years Later

 

TR 2003 - Perhaps the most memorable year in recent history, largely due to its being captured on film and the focus of our beloved "Fire & Ice Extravaganza" documentary. But aside from so many quotes, songs, images and video clips being etched in our memories from the documentary, TR 03 was truly unique and important in a number of ways. The Serb Fest torch was officially passed to the second generation as no "adults" were in attendance for the first time. While the second generation had been gaining steam since Monica and Jovan first had the notion of bringing their own friends to TR a decade earlier, 2003 finally represented the year that this generation's commitment to upholding the tradition of Serb Fest was put to the test. Clearly, we succeeded!

Another 10 years later, in 2013, our commitment will once again be tested - and I have no doubt that our commitment is stronger than ever. Serb Fest's longevity will endure for decades more to come!
Take a look back and appreciate one of the more pivotal and unique years in Serb Fest history!

TR 03- Ten Years Later


4.21.13 :: BS Confirms Attendance for TR 2013!

I received unexpected confirmation moments ago from Rishi that two-time Cevapcici Consumption Award winner, Brian Kelley has in fact altered his international travel plans for the summer and will be able to attend after all! I know I'm excited for this news and I know I'm not alone! I'm already hearing that some are releived to hear that BS's very popular Korean Shortribs will once again be on the menu!

As always, keep me posted on any attendance news or new attendees that may be joining us!


4.21.13 :: Long-time Invitee Confirms Attendance for TR 2013!

I received confirmation yesterday afternoon that long-time invitee, Erich Mann along with his wife Lauren are in fact looking to make their Serb Fest debuts this May! Erich, known to many simply as, "Ich", has had somewhat of a standing invitation to attend for over a decade. He had confirmed attendance in 2009 but had to cancel the week of TR. All good things are worth the wait, so regardless of how many years its been, we're excited at the prospect of having Ich & Lauren join us this year!


4.19.13 :: Highly Anticipated Follow up to 2004's "Fire & Ice" Documentary Gains Traction

After years of anticipation, Krangis has finally begun the arduous task of compiling the incredible footage taken by a number of attendees since 2005. As many of you know, the project has been gaining steam over the last 2 years, culminating with last year's efforts to capture a number of phenomenal interviews with key Serb Fest attendees. While details of the upcoming release are not ready to be released, the goal of this follow-up documentary has always been to capture the rich history of Serb Fest and examining its influence on today's Serb Fest - and most importantly, to remind us all why we continue to come back to Turkey Run each year! All great things take an enormous amount of time and effort - so we're still anticipating a Spring 2014 release date. TR Online will keep you abreast of any developments, so stay tuned!


4.09.13 :: TR 2013 Schedule Announced

The full 2013 schedule has been posted to the 2013 preview page. While we've tried to not be overly structured with the schedule for the weekend in years past, I thought it might be appropriate to outline just a few key events and have everyone be aware of them upfront in hopes of not having to do too much wrangling or cause any undue stress for anyone leading up to these events. This year we will plan on the annual beater photo at 4:00 on Saturday. This will hopefully give the Saturday arrivals plenty of time to get settled in and give plenty of nap time through the mid afternoon. The photo will happen with or without you, so consider this your warning. People have been upset for missing it in the past, so if you'd like to be part of the traditional photo, please be around! Sunday at 6:30, we will attempt our large group photo. This has been very challenging to pull off in the past, but when we've been able to, the photos have been amazing! Again, we will have had a long day, but my hope is to catch most, if not all of the group during dinner. Following this photo, with what is expected to be the largest gathering of attendees at any point of the weekend, I will have some important announcements regarding the TR High Council as well as the presentation of the 2013 Golden Cevapcici Award!

Again to recap:

Saturday, May 25 - 4:00pm - Annual Beater Photo (at Grill Site)
Sunday, May 26 - 6:30pm - Serb Fest Group Photo (at Grill Site)
Sunday, May 26 - 7:00pm - TR High Council Announcement and Golden Cevapcici Award Ceremony


3.10.13 :: New Additions to the Serb Fest Family!

Congratulations are in order for Nutz and Amy, who welcomed their son, Ethan Douglas Heitzman to the world on March 9! We're also thrilled to announce that on March 1, Dave and Bry also welcomed a son, Louis John David. We're all excited for the little ones to make their TR debut this year as the 3rd generation continues to grow at an incredible rate!


2.16.13 :: TR2013 to be a Pivotal and Exciting Year!

Happy February everyone! It's that time of year again, as we all start looking forward to the warmth of Spring and the sizzle of cevapcici on the grill! I have to admit, that while February traditionally kicks off the TR season, I've been thinking long and hard about TR 2013 since October. The thought of TR this year brings such a range of emotions, but knowing that so many people are going out of their way to attend in such an important and pivotal year brings me great pride. I'm proud of what our generation has built and what we're contributing each year to the legend of Serb Fest. 2013 will mark the year that we will be without the true founding father of our generation at Turkey Run. Despite this, our group and this great tradition has never been stronger. I look forward, as have for the past 12 years as co-founding member for our generation, to continuing the hype for Serb Fest each year! We have a number of great things in store for everyone at TR this year, not only to honor John, but to honor each and every attendee! As always, please keep me abreast of your travel plans and any additional guests that may be joining us this year! Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas for how to make TR 2013 the best Serb Fest yet!


10.02.12 :: TR Online Celebrates the Life and Spirit of John Zelenkovich: A Message From Scott Berger


John Zelenkovich
1979-2012

PHOTO SLIDESHOW

 

I struggle to find the right words to pay tribute to such an incredible friend. The truth is, anyone reading this already knows in their hearts what it is I'm so desperately trying to say. John inspired me in so many ways... and while our friendship was so much more than TR, it seemed to weave its way into the majority of our conversations. I fed off of his passion for our annual Memorial Day gathering and in turn, he fed off of mine. It was an endless cycle of hype and excitement that may have come across as slightly insane and ridiculous to outsiders, but was a source of so much genuine happiness for him and I.

"I'm not gonna lie, I check the TR website several times a day in hopes that it gets updated. I think that's just as much a part of the TR tradition as anything else for me!" - John Zelenkovich via text message to Scott Berger on 5/31/2012

This is why I'm compelled to cope with this loss by updating our beloved TR website... For nearly 10 years, I've spent time documenting the countless memories we create each year at TR and have peiced together decades of rich history that came before us. In return, we have something tangible here that we'll all have for the rest of our lives. Still, such a motivating factor in my spending so much time maintaining this website, was the joy and laughter John and I shared after each update. I am lucky to be a part of the Serb Fest family. Even as all of our friendships were young, some 15 years ago, we all knew almost immediately, that this tradition was something special. While I always envisioned growing old along side John at Turkey Run, I now know that instead, we will all be celebrating his memory and unparalleled spirit for Turkey Run and all that Serb Fest stands for.

I'm thankful for this gift that John has given so many of us - We are all part of an amazing family and we will always have TR as an "excuse" to know that at least once a year, we'll all come together, no matter where life takes us. This is the vision that John had for TR nearly 10 years ago - that TR would continue to be "a constant in all our lives". He knew that "each year, all of his best friends would be at Turkey Run".

I could go on forever... but let me close with this..... Jovy, we'll miss you, but your spirit will live with each of us forever. It will transcend generations and continue to inspire us and future generations to keep this beloved tradition alive. Until we meet again, enjoy a drink and a sizzling cevap off the big grill in the sky... and send our best to Cika Bora... Ziveli!


5.30.12 :: TR2012 Attendees Battle Heat and Keep Spirits High

TR 2012 will be remembered for several reasons, but arguably, the most memorable aspect of the weekend was the record temperatures as the mercury climbed to the mid to upper 90's each day. The group however was resilient and with several relocations throughout the weekend, managed to stay in shade and stay relatively comfortable - especially impressive given the number of young children in attendance this year! Of course, good times were once again had by all! Check out the TR 2012 Overview page to relive the memories!


5.24.12 :: A Message From "Abe Lincoln"


Nikola Sorak - "Abe Lincoln"
Founder of Serb Fest

 

In a message this morning on Jovan's Facebook wall, the Grandfather of Serb Fest, Nikola Sorak (Abe Lincoln) posted:

"Happy Memorial Day canoeing to you all, be careful and have fun, greetings to y'all, Nick Sorak"

While he hasn't been able to attend TR since 1998, its clear that TR still holds a very special place in his heart. We should all take a moment appreciate his place in Serb Fest history as it has given us all this great "excuse" to gather each year at Turkey Run!

Ziveli!


5.19.12 :: Serb Fest Collection - Volume III Released!

 

The newest audio release from TR Online is now available! Serb Fest Collection- Volume III contains 10 MORE Song Selections Inspired By The Spirit Of Turkey Run! The Collection is once again heavily influenced by Southern Rock & Bluegrass favorites that we've come to associate so closely with TR.

You'll find new tunes by Classic TR Artists, new artust introductions to the Collection, as well as a gem that was imortalized in 2004's "Fire & Ice Extravaganza" DVD release - "*Official* Turkey Run Cooler" segment, Download the tracks, add them to your iTunes playlists and gear up for another high energy drive (or flight) to TR!

Track Listing & Download Info HERE.

5.17.12 :: TR 2012 Attendance List Appears to be Set!
Check out the "TR 2012 is Right Around the Corner" webpage to view the current (and likely final) attendance list for TR 2012. The most notable change is the unfortunate news that Chuckles has had to decline attendance after having confirmed last November. We all remain hopefull that the 2009 Golden Cevapcici Award winner will return in 2013. We've also learned that Teta Lela will not be joining us this year, however, rest assured that Cika Daca WILL be in attendance with Aleks. As always, please let me know if you have any addtions to the attendance list!

4.09.12 :: TR 2000 Attendee, Sean Sullivan Confirmed for TR 2012!
OLAF confirmed late Monday night that one time Serb Fest attendee, Sean Sullivan and his wife Melissa have confirmed their plans to attend TR this year! Exciting news, as this will mark the longest period of time before a past participant has returned to TR. A return was rumored in early 2004, but never materialized. We're thrilled to have Sean back and welcome his wife Melissa. We hope that his return will exceed what surely are fond memories of his first trip over a decade ago!

4.08.12 :: TR 2004 Attendee and Inspiration Behind the "Intellectual of the Year" Award, Vince Kus, Chats with TR Online!


Vince Kus
2004 Intellectual of the Year

 

While it’s been nearly 8 years since his one and only trip to Serb Fest, his attendance is still one of the most talked about in Serb Fest History. TR Online has been in pursuit of Vince for 2 years with the hopes of catching up and getting his take on his place in Serb Fest history! Vince was the final addition to the TR 2004 line-up and it proved to be a great one. He no doubt was able to provide an unusual brand of entertainment to the group - always a welcomed trait.

In 2008, the Intellectual of the Year award was officially renamed in his honor, as its first ever recipient; a fitting way to pay respect to the intellectual of all intellectual TR attendees, past, present and future.

His eventual return is among the highest anticipated of past Serb Fest attendees. For those of you never having had the pleasure of experiencing the “Intellectual’s” company, this summary of our exchange gives a glimpse into his unique and eloquent “intellectual stylings”


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3.17.12 :: TR 2010 Rookie of the Year, Brian O'Kelly to Return in 2012
Word was received that TR 2010 Rookie of the Year, Brian O'Kelly, will be returning to TR this year after a one year hiatus due to the birth of his niece, Eloise Berger just prior to TR 2011. We're excited to have his energy return to TR this year!

3.12.12 :: Gotta Start 'em Young!
Congratulations are in order for 3 families welcoming new life to the Serb Fest family this year! Carter Marshall Jude, born on March 7 to Scott & Julie Berger (yes folks, 'Marshall" is indeed a nod to 'Marshall, IN') and James Patrick born to OLAF & Julie on March 12 will be making their TR debuts after less than 3 months of life. This is reminiscent of Danica Boskovic's first trip in 2004 at a comparable age at which time Crazy Dan exclaimed "Gotta start 'em young!". Feces Mike and family are also expecting a new child at the beginning of April and are also expected to attend this year! We will update you with more info after their baby is born!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Feces Mike and family on their daughter, Kate Lorraine, born on April 1. Sadly however, they are unable to attend this year. We look forward to their return in 2013!

2.18.12 :: I Know Its Only February, But......
Dear Turkey Run, I know its only February, but I yearn for the warm Spring air filled with the scent of charcoal, lighter fluid and meat. I know its only February, but as life becomes more hectic with each passing year, the days, weeks and months tick by just a little bit faster. And so, I know that while on paper, it may seem that Memorial Day weekend is beyond my reach, it will ultimately be here before I know it. So Turkey Run, I know its only February, but as you emerge from Winter, I respectfully ask that you to be prepared for the legend to continue! Ziveli! - The Men, Women & Children of Serb Fest

5.31.11 :: TR 2011, While Unconventional, Still a Success!
TR 2011 may have inadvertently been without a few key traditions, but there was no shortage of good times! Great people, great food, and plenty of classic moments anchored yet another phenomenal Serb Fest! Let me take another opportunity to congratulate Nutz the much deserved 2011 Golden Cevapcici Award! This only adds to his legacy at Serb Fest! Check out the TR 2011 Overview page to relive the memories and for the recipients of other TR 2011 Awards.

5.24.11 :: The Beloved DSD Delicatessen - Closed for Business!


DSD Delicatessen
Lawrence Ave, Chicago
  Saturday afternoon, 1:45pm: the red flag was raised. Aleks, while driving down Lawrence Ave in Chicago, noticed that DSD Delicatessen appeared to be closed. This immediately sent some of us into a frenzy to uncover the story behind this unforeseen turn of events. Aleks was able to soon learn that the owner of DSD had passed away 6 months ago but the store had been open for some period of time since his passing. Then this evening, a shocking development.... Jovan learns from Mr. Z that DSD has been closed due to some sort of "inspection violation". It is unclear as to whether or not it is health department related, but one can only assume... It is unknown at this time whether or not DSD will reopen in the future.

Mr. Z immediately followed with a backup recommendation - Lalich Delicatessen, a mere two blocks from DSD on Lawrence Ave will apparently have intense expectations to live up to, but given the circumstances, I'm sure the group will give it a fair shake.

5.21.11 :: Tripp & Becky Pull Out of TR 2011
Jovan confirmed today that Tripp & Becky, first time attendees in 2010 were unable to find reasonable airfare from California for Memorial Day Weekend this year. While we are saddened by this news, we surely appreciate their consideration and effort to return to TR in 2011. Perhaps 2012 will work out differently!

5.19.11 :: "Abe Lincoln" Considering a Return to TR in 2011!
In a Facebook message to Jovan last night, Cika Nik, known affectionately by today's attendees as "Abe Lincoln" for the resemblance of his facial hair to that of the Sixteenth President of the United States, inquired about the attendance of old friends, Cika Daca, Teta Lela and Teta Cica and that he would maybe “drive down and see what’s going on”.

"Abe Lincoln", a Hall of Famer and Serb Fest Legend is one of the original grandfathers of Serb Fest in the mid 1970's. While he last attended TR in 1998, his spirit has been carried on year after yeah by today's great attendees. Keep your fingers crossed that this historic event comes to fruition!

5.15.11 :: Welcome Eloise Clare Berger to the Serb Fest Family!
Congratulations to Jeff & Erin Berger with the birth of their daughter Eloise Clare, Sunday, May 15! While they understandably will not be in attendance next weekend at TR 2011, we look forward to sharing TR 2012 will all of them to formally welcome her to her first Serb Fest!

5.12.11 :: BREAKING NEWS- ALCOHOL NO LONGER ALLOWED on 3 ½ Mile Canoe/Kayak Trip through Sugar Valley Canoe Trips!
It was discovered this morning that a new regulation has been put into place by Sugar Valley Canoe Trips which seriously impacts one of our beloved traditions. No mention was made of the allowance of alcohol on the longer trips, but it is assumed that this new policy does not apply. For those who are new to Serb Fest in the last 5 or 6 years, in 2005, the group made an on-the-fly decision to abandon Sugar Valley’s competitor, “Turkey Run Canoe Trips” due to their policy on alcohol consumption which limited us to 2 beers/person. Sugar Valley, while having their own quirks, did not have an alcohol policy in place allowing us to essentially carry an unlimited amount of beer onto the creek.

Despite this shocking news, rest assured a contingency plan is being developed. Look for further communications from TR Online regarding the game plan.

5.11.11 :: Tenets of Turkey Run Featured Webpages & Annual TR Awards Archive Added to TR Online!
For your browsing pleasure, you can now view dedicated webpages with expanded content for the Tenets of Turkey Run. Also added is an archive of past award winners for our annual TR Awards. Enjoy!

5.11.11 :: Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 01 (and TR 01 Observed)- Ten Years Later

 

2001 was indeed a pivotal year in the growth and evolution of Serb Fest. With the men of the Second Generation core attendees having just graduated from college, a backpacking trip to Western Europe kept many of them from attending Serb Fest on Memorial Day weekend. However, it also marked the one and only year where an alternate date in August was chosen to “observe” Turkey Run.

Take a look back and appreciate one of the more pivotal and unique years in Serb Fest history!

TR 01- Ten Years Later

4.21.11 :: TR 2011 Attendance Notes & Schedule
The schedule for TR 2011 has been posted on the 2011 Preview Page. The information of particular interest should be in regards to booking your rooms for TR 2013 prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Reservations should be available beginning Wednesday, May 24th. Put a reminder on your calendars, phones, etc! There are also attendance projections highlighted by the return of Dave & Bry along with their daughter Adeline! I've also received word of the expected attendance of a new family, friends of OLAF & Julie! This year, we'll miss Krangis & Erin for the 2nd time in 3 years, but wish them great luck in the birth of their daughter within days of TR 2011. Finally, I've heard unconfirmed reports that despite his assurance of his attendance in 2011, Chuckles will be unable to attend for the second straight year. Rest assured, we will acquire the covetted Golden Cevapcici Award in advance of the highly anticipated presentation of the 2011 GCA Honors! What are YOU doing to stand out from the rest of the group?

2.17.11 :: Here We Go Again! TR 2011 is on the Horizon!
Coming on the heels of a near record-setting day of unseasonably mild temperatures in Chicago, it seems fitting that on this day, we begin to look ahead to the upcoming TR! TR regulars are certainly excited for the return of Dave & Bry R this year, joined by their daughter who will have recently turned 1 year old by the time Memorial Day rolls around. We're also expecting Chuckles to return to Marshall, IN after taking a one year hiatis while enjoying his '09 Golden Cevapcici Award. We are however expecting to be without Krangis & Company for the second time in three years - this time due to the expected birth of a baby girl within days of TR 2011! Surely a worthy excuse for absence - but also expected to be made up in the form of his support for sponsoring the attendence of large groups of his daughter's friends for co-Serb Fest/Birthday celebrations in the future! Stay tuned for the usual onslaught of updates to TR Online in the coming months!

11.10.10 :: TR Attendees Gather for Two Offseason Weddings!


Zelenkovich Wedding
Newport Beach, CA

Heitzman Wedding
Chicago, IL
 

CONGRATULATIONS are certainly in order for Jovan & Stephanie Zelenkovich who exchanged vows on Labor Day weekend in Newport Beach, CA. Jeff & Amy Heitzman followed suit in early November. Both affairs were witnessed by an impressive group of TR attendees as evidenced in the late-night group photos! Congrats again! We're lucky to have Steph and Amy as a part of the TR Family. Jovy & Nutz..... Nice work gentlemen.

6.05.10 :: Relive the Great Memories of TR 2010
The TR 2010 Overview webpage is available for your viewing pleasure! I expect to have more photos coming in, so keep checking back! You'll also notice some other site improvements and reorganization of content including a new general TR "OVERVIEW" page as well as a new "TRADITION" page and updated profile write-ups for many attendees. Expect a drastic make-over of attendee profiles and a new TR Kids page before 2011!

6.01.10 :: Highly Anticipated "Serb Fest" DVD Officially in Production - May 2012 Release!
You may have noticed the extra cameras filming this year! Originally slated for a May 2006 release, production of “Serb Fest”, the next full-length TR documentary, was first put on hold following TR 2005 due to the absence of some key Hall of Fame attendees. In the years following, the decision to keep the project shelved for an extended period of time was made in hopes of not only building anticipation, but also to capture footage from a greater span of time – therefore creating more distinction between it and 2004’s “Fire & Ice Extravaganza”.

With a May 2012 release on the horizon, Krangis did a great deal of shooting this year of and around our group as a whole. In 2011, he will be focusing on capturing footage of individuals including extensive interviewing of select attendees. We will contact you in the months leading up to TR 2011 to help prepare you for these interviews. They are meant to be FUN, so don’t worry!

“Serb Fest”, unlike “Fire & Ice” will not be focusing on the chronological events of any one particular TR Weekend, but will be an in-depth look at the past, present, and future of Serb Fest including its becoming a cross-generational event, its great Traditions and the great Spirit that surrounds us each year at TR! Brace yourselves for an incredible experience! While its production is still in its infancy, this will likely be the one and only substantial update you receive before the official trailer is released sometime before TR 2011, so stay tuned my friends!

UPDATE :: "Serb Fest" is now slated for a May 2013 release due to Krangis's absence from TR 2011. Patience my friends!

6.01.10 :: Gorgeous Weather Among the Many Highlights of TR 2010!
Aside from the obvious and expected success of TR each year, one can hardly expect to have the incredible summer-like weather that we saw throughout the entire weekend this year! Attendees hardly needed so much as a sweatshirt at night as late-night temperatures leveled out near 70 degrees. While it was admittedly hot in the afternoon hours, it was hard to complain as the sun reflected off our backs during the Sunday afternoon Kayak trip! Attendees are certainly returning to work this week a shade or two darker than they left last week! With another 40+ in attendance and the rapidly growing Third Generation of children attending, the great Spirit surrounding everyone was infectious! TR 2010 Overview Webpage Coming Soon!

6.01.10 :: Video Message From Chuckles!
Prior to TR 2010 Chuckles prepared this video message to the group. We were unfortunately unable to distribute the message prior to the weekend, but alas, better late than never!


Trouble viewing this video? Click HERE

5.25.10 :: Reserve Your Rooms for TR 2012 NOW!
It’s time to reserve your room for TR 2012! Head HERE and follow the Reservation Wizard. TR 2012 is scheduled for Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28, 2012. 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 2012. 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!

5.24.10 :: TR Online Connects with the One & Only, "Abe Lincoln" via Facebook!!


Nikola Sorak - "Abe Lincoln"
Founder of Serb Fest

 

Friends, it has been indeed a GROUND BREAKING day! Today, I was able to locate and connect with a Serb Fest Legend & Hall of Famer. The Grandfather and Original Founding Member of our beloved annual trip to Turkey Run State Park, Nikola Sorak!

Julie and I spoke with Mr. Z over the weekend and he was able to give us "Abe Lincoln's" real name - a mystery for the 12 years I've been attending TR. I searched his name this afternoon and low and behold, immediately found him on Facebook! At 77 years old, he looks to be doing well! I'm hoping to communicate to him just how much the tradition he started over 30 years ago means to all of us today! Hopefully he can share some stories from the early days and maybe even come up with some never-before-seen photos or video footage!

Stay tuned for more in the future! Ziveli!


5.23.10 :: Serb Fest Collection - Volume II Released!

 

The newest audio release from TR Online is now available! Serb Fest Collection- Volume II contains 14 MORE Song Selections Inspired By The Spirit Of Turkey Run! The Collection is once again heavily influenced by Southern Rock & Bluegrass favorites that we've come to associate so closely with TR.

You'll find new tunes by Classic TR Artists, Gov't Mule and The Why Store, both imortalized in 2004's "Fire & Ice Extravaganza" DVD release as well as several tunes by emerging TR favorite, Bo Bice, first featured on 2008's Serb Fest Collection Volume I. Download the tracks, add them to your iTunes playlists and gear up for another high energy drive (or flight) to TR!

Track Listing & Download Info HERE.

5.18.10 :: TR 2010 Shopping Assignments have been Distributed & More
An official Serb Fest Announcment went out today including this year's shopping assignment and delgations for transporting critical supplies to TR. Also included was information on this year's Kayak trip as well as helpful cooler packing tips for your pre-TR preparation! View the full announcement and shopping list HERE.

5.07.10 :: Guests of the Boskovic Family to Attend TR 2010
We've received word recently that the Boskovic's have invited the McCleod Family to join us at TR this year. We welcome Katherine & Hans along with their children Allison and Luke to the Serb Fest tradition! Let's show them why we all keep coming back year after year!

5.07.10 :: Serb Fest Hall of Fame Update

The Serb Fest Hall of Fame has received a well-deserved make-over including expanded profiles and additional photos of each inductee! Check it out and pay your respects to the founding fathers of our great annual weekend tradition! "To the generation that started it all... Ziveli!"

 

5.06.10 :: Hall of Famers & BS Confirm for TR 2010!
We've received confirmation that Cika Daca, Teta Lela, and Teta Cica will indeed be making the trip to TR this year! Its possible we may see Monica's parents return, but this is only speculation at this point. We are however pleased to report that BS has confirmed for TR 2010! One month ago, his attendance was questionable but, surely by an act of destiny, his alternate plans did not materialize! In any event, we're happy to have him return for his 9th straight Serb Fest!

5.01.10 :: Congratulations to Dave & Bry!
On April 29th, Dave & Bry welcomed their first daughter, Adeline Grace to their family. At the same time, we all welcome her to the Serb Fest Family! While it's now been confirmed that they will be unable to attend TR 2010, we all look forward with great anticipation to their return in 2011 and Adeline's first taste of Serbian sausage!

4.21.10 :: Serb Fest History Webpage is Overhauled; Timeline Added
An overhauled Serb Fest History webpage was unveiled today. The most notable new feature is a timeline that appears on the side of the page. I've been looking to incorporate a timeline into the website for several years. Seeing as how this initial version was put together in just a few hours, its not quite as populated as I hope for it to become over time. As always, if anyone has any content they'd like to contribute, please contact me! Those of you who have been attending longer than I have surely have some valuable information to contribute!

4.17.10 :: "Sangria Sunday" is set to Debut at TR 2010!
Already responsible for initiating several popular traditions in her first 5 trips to Turkey Run such as the Golden Cevapcici Award, the post beer float BBQ Pulled Pork meal, and the Saturday morning Jimmy Dean breakfast, Julie Berger has yet another solid idea to implement! Recognizing that we will be seeing several new young children joining us at TR this year, making participation in Sunday's Canoe Trip/Kayak Trip/Beer Float challenging if not impossible for several of the young parents in the group - with Julie herself being one of them, she plans to initiate "Sangria Sunday" to run concurrently with the Sunday afternoon Beer Float as a means of entertaining the people who are "stuck" at the grill site watching the kids. A brilliant idea, no doubt, already having stirred up great excitement among some of the individuals expected to participate in this new tradition! But let's hope things don't spiral out of control and the beer floaters don't return to passed out parents and young children playing with fire and eating old charcoal ash off the ground!

4.04.10 :: Rishi is Out, BS is Questionable
While this weekend brought together a healthy group of TR regular attendees with several people flying into Chicago, the group also learned of the disappointing news that Rishi would not be able to make the trip to TR 10 due to a conflict with his Business School Graduation in Texas the same weekend. While not ideal, its hard to fault a guy for skipping out on TR for such an occasion. On the flip side, we were also stunned by the news that Brian Kelley is contemplating skipping out on TR this year to do some more worldly "traveling". I'll spare you the details because after all, this is somewhat of a family atmosphere. The group is obviously encouraging him to reconsider and I urge everyone else to join in. I'll spare the personal plea to him here on TR Online, as allegedly, he has never once visited this website. Ladies & Gents, these are not qualities that align with the Spirit of Turkey Run. Let this be a lesson on how not to conduct yourselves if you are in pursuit of the Golden Cevapcici Award.

3.01.10 :: No Chuckles at TR 2010
I've received word that Chuckles, with great regret, will be unable to attend TR 2010 this May. With a demanding work schedule and plans to attend both Jovan's and Nutz's weddings this year, requesting additional time off on Memorial Day Weekend was simply not an option. He does however intend to return to Turkey Run in 2011 to play a role in the presentation of the Golden Cevapcici Award to its next recipient!

2.28.10 :: Actors Christopher Lloyd & James Tolkan Visit Naperville

 

As the legend goes, for several years in the late 1990's and early 2000's the kids who piled into the Zelenkovich Van for the trip down to TR knew that the duration of the trip was exactly as long as it took to watch Back to the Future and Top Gun back-to-back. Back to the Future in particular has inspired several TR traditions - most notably, the case of TaB cola that finds its way into a cooler each year. In light of this, it seemed appropriate to share a couple images of Scott meeting Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmet Brown - BTTF) and James Tolkan (Strickland - BTTF ; Stinger - Top Gun). The two were in town this weekend promoting the 25th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future.

While it was particularly exciting to meet Doc Brown, having Strickland point a finger in his face while being called a "Slacker" was awesome! From the photo, you may also find yourself imagining Stinger reprimanding Scott, telling him that "his ego is writing checks his body can't cash!".

If any of us find ourselves in the position to be able to play movies in our vehicles today or in the future (Nutz), may I remind you of this highly recommended activity. Drivers, your passengers will thank you!

2.10.10 :: Three New Serb Fest Attendee Confirmations
In this still young Turkey Run season, I'm delighted to share with you confirmation of three new attendees for TR 2010! I'd first like to welcome Tripp Charvatt and Becky Libby, good friends of Jovan and Steph. I'd also like to welcome Brian O'Kelly.... Yes, you read that correctly... Serb Fest will now see the likes of a Brian Kelley and a Brian O'Kelly. Perhaps this will spark some kind of ridiculous competition. For those of you scoring at home, Mr. O'Kelly is Erin Berger's younger brother. As always, it's great to see new faces at TR. Please contact me if you have any other confirmed attendees not included here on the website (GIRLS). I hope it has become more obvious that this website is no longer gender discriminatory!

2.07.10 :: A New Decade Begins for Serb Fest
Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, it's February... and one of the few things that gets me through the dark, bitter cold days is the mounting anticipation for Serb Fest, only a few short months away! As we prepare to add another notch to our belts, let's take a few moments to browse around TR Online and think about not only where we're going, but where we've been as Serb Fest says hello to its incredible 5th decade of celebration!

6.06.09 :: "The Tao of Turkey Run"
Prior to his return to TR 09, Charlie Ruiz authored one of the most inspiring pieces of writing to ever come out of our generation. Titled, "The TAO of Turkey Run", this piece answers the questions, "What does Turkey Run mean to me?" and "Why should you come to Turkey Run?" Do yourself a favor and be inspired by his words and perhaps you will find yourself being the 2011 recipient of the Golden Cevapcici Award.

6.06.09 :: Code of Ethics Version 3.0 is Released
For the first time since June 2004, the TR Code of Ethics have been revamped and re-released in it what is the 3rd version of the list. Several items have remained unchanged, but several have been added to reflect the nature of today's Serb Fest festivities & culture. Let this new Code be a guide for all of us to live by (in the context of Turkey Run and related activities).

5.25.09 :: Another Decade of Serb Fest Comes to a Close - Chuckles Takes Home the 2009 Golden Cevapcici Award!
Much to the pleasant surprise of many, Turkey Run 2009 turned out to be the largest Serb Fest in over a decade, if not longer! With approximately 40 people in attendance, there were people, coolers, and lawn chairs for what seemed like as far as the eye could see! It was a sight one might imagine you'd find in Serb Fest's "heyday" when as many as 20 families gathered 'round the grills of Turkey Run! Let this be the sign of an upward trend in attendance and the continued growth of a new generation at TR.

While Monday was slightly dampered by the falling rain, it didn't stop the presentation of the 2009 Golden Cevapcici Award to Charlie "Chuckles" Ruiz who was heralded as having displayed countless instances of Teamwork not only at TR 09, but in each of his past Serb Fest attendances. He was also recognized for his being living proof that the Spirit of Turkey Run does not begin and end on Memorial Day Weekend, but is something that should live with you each and every day of the year. We congratulate Chuckles on his well deserved achievement!

5.15.09 :: Stevanovic Family Photos Reveal an Interesting Fact Previously Known Only to Few...

A big thank you is in order for Monica who took the time to dig up some old family photos this week. We now officially have archived photos of TR 87 and TR 93, both of which previously were without photographic evidence. While the following fact could have been easily verified at some point over the last 10 years, these photos served as a correction to a long standing assumption among most of our generation.

For many years, it was assumed that the first known non-Serbian attendee of our generation at Serb Fest was none other than Jeff Bott, once recollected by Jovan as having first attended in 1996, but later disproved by the only known photo of Mr. Bott surfacing, which dates back to TR 1994. What we've now been able to confirm is not only that Emma was also in attendance at TR 1994, as we see a new photo that sits in sequence with the Bott photo (notice the same Serbian rummaging through the cooler on the picnic table). A photo from TR 1993 showing Emma sitting at a table reveals that she was in fact the first non-Serbian friend of either Jovan or Monica to attend Serb Fest!

On a related note, TR Online received word recently that Emma has a conflict in plans for TR 09. I have to urge those who are closest to her to remind her of the Spirit of Turkey Run and how important it is for her to at least make an abbreviated appearance!

 
TR 1993
TR 1994
TR 1994

5.07.09 :: Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 99 - Ten Years Later

 

TR 1999 remains perhaps the most infamous of Serb Fests of all time! With several near-death experiences through-out the weekend, so much of what we know Turkey Run to be today began this very weekend. A small group of men, still years away from being able to legally drink piled into the Zelenkovich Family Van for the trek down to Marshall, Indiana at a time when the drive was measured simply by the amount of time it took to watch "Back to the Future" & "Top Gun" back-to-back.

Take a look back and appreciate some of the humble beginnings of our generation at Serb Fest!

TR 99 - Ten Years Later

5.02.09 :: Predrag & Mila Zelenkovich (Mr. & Mrs. Z) to Attend Serb Fest 2009!
I've just received word from Jovan that his parents have indeed confirmed their attendance for TR 09! This will be their first trip to Serb Fest since 2006 and only their second return trip to TR since parting ways with TR in 2002 (at least on an annual basis). We hear that Mila is looking forward to a canoe trip on Sugar Creek with Monica's Mom - which looks like we officially have confirmed attendance of another TR Hall of Famer!

4.05.09 :: Yep, Just a Glorified Barbeque...
Spring is officially upon us! We've all surely been dreaming of the sizzling sound of the grills at Turkey Run all winter. Most of us are intimately familiar with the menu items we all consume each year at TR, but I've taken some time to break down the menu on the website to give perspective attendees yet another tool to get familar with what Serb Fest has to offer! Check out what you can expect to eat this year at Serb Fest HERE.

3.21.09 :: OLAF (or... his lovely wife Julie) Delivers the First Male of the Next Generation!
On March 21st, OLAF and Julie welcomed Baby Jack into their family and on May 23rd, we will officially welcome him into the TR Family! This birth is of notable significance as it is the first newborn male of his generation to be introduced to Turkey Run! I'm sure I speak for Jovan, OLAF, and all other Councilmen, and General Participants that we all look forward to seeing you grow up around the grills of Turkey Run and embrace the legend and tradition to help carry the torch in decades to come! Son, remember... it will one day be up to you and your peers to make the very important decision on whether or not to induct your father and those of his generation into the greatly respected Turkey Run Hall of Fame. We hope to make you proud, just the same as you'll make us! Ziveli!

2.13.09 :: Ask and You Shall Receive...
Friday night we received a report from a reliable source (Dave R) that Erich Mann, known to many simply as, Ich, intends on accepting the formal invitation extended to him several weeks ago to attend TR 09. We're anticipating him making the trip with Dave & Bry Saturday morning. As many of you know, Ich has been on a list of potential attendees for the better part of the last decade and in December, 2008, he made claims that he has indeed had interest in attending but felt he had never formally been invited. In discovering this, Scott took swift action and finally extended the official invite via email. We're sure that everyone who's known Ich for the past decade (and beyond) will be excited to see his attendance finally materialize!

1.26.09 :: Another Pre-Serb Fest Season is upon us!
Ladies & Gentlemen... As these cold winter days pass us by, we find quickly approaching the next chapter of Serb Fest history! It brings me great joy to begin rolling out the TR Online Preview of Serb Fest 2009. Be sure to check back in the coming weeks to find updates on schedules, attendance lists, & shopping duties. Let the anticipation of the burning fires on the grills of Turkey Run keep your spirits warm during this especially frigid winter!

12.25.08 :: Chrismas Greetings From Dan Boskovic!

 

 
9.12.08 :: Serb Fest Hits Wikipedia!

On a whim today, Serb Fest made it's mark on the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. The first contribution made was part of the "Turkey Run State Park" entry. This quickly led to a dedicated entry being made for Serb Fest.

Remember, technically, any of us could edit the content on the Serb Fest Wikipedia entry. So if you're so inclined, feel free to add to the content. However, keep in mind that it should be objectively presented as if someone who knows nothing of our sacred weekend could follow along.

The entry actually seems somewhat legitimate until you get to the last line of the 2nd paragraph where the Serbian Flag being secured by an old tree branch and duct tape is referenced!

6.14.08 :: A Sad Day For Serb Fest
I trust that most have heard the news by now - so I'm somewhat comfortable making mention here at this time.... Last Sunday, our friend and beloved Turkey Run Hall of Famer, Cika Bora passed away. He was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer this past Spring. For those of us who were honored and lucky enough to have shared even one Serb Fest with him, he will forever be missed and for those past and future attendees who did not or will not have the opportunity to meet him, rest assured that he will be spoken of often and his memory will live on indefinitely. My deepest condolences go out to the Boskovic Family and the entire Serb Fest Family - especially to those who were closest to him.

5.28.08 :: Visions of Serb Fest Past at '08
While only one Hall of Famer made an appearance at TR 08, if you took a look around this year, you would have found quite a few moments that resembled great Serb Fest moments of years past making this year one to remember!

5.10.08 :: Shopping Assignments to be Distributed Shortly
As the logistics of our annual festivities continue to evolve - let me unveil this year's "strategy" for the providing of food & supplies to TR this year.

Click HERE for additional information.

5.09.08 :: Serb Fest Collection - Volume I Released!

The newest audio release from TR Online is now available! Serb Fest Collection- Volume I contains 13 Song Selections Inspired By The Spirit Of Turkey Run! The Collection is heavily influenced by Southern Rock & Bluegrass favorites that we've come to associate so closely with TR. Download the tracks and gear up for a high energy drive to TR!

5.08.08 :: Audio Downloads Now Availabe on TR Online!
In the age of mp3's & iPods and the ever decreasing use of CD's - I thought it was appropriate to forge ahead and make all past (and of course, future) TR Audio Releases available for download on TR Online! Now you can have all of your favorite TR songs on your mp3 player of choice for year round listening pleasure - or at least for your car ride down to TR this year! Click HERE for available audio downloads.

4.23.08 :: TR 2008 Schedule of Events Released
This year's schedule has been officially posted! View it HERE. Stay tuned for more updates as further logistics of departure locations and transportation arrangements are settled. One related note of interest: The past 2 years, we have grown accustomed to reserving rooms for the TR of 2 years in the future - However, this year, due to the layout of the calendar, we will be able to reserve rooms upon arrival to Turkey Run.

All TR 2009 Expected attendees are to reserve rooms for TR 2010 upon arrival. (TR 10 begins on 5/28/10). This will involve reserving a room for nearly a full week prior to the start of TR 10, but sometime between this day and 5/26/2010, you can cancel the 4-5 days prior to the 28th. This will be further explained prior to making any reservations for anyone who doesn't understand the concept.

4.22.08 :: New Attendee Confirmation!
It brings me great pleasure to formally welcome and introduce new attendees for TR 2008, Mike & Amy Z! Amy is a childhood friend and neighbor of Julie Berger and today, with her husband Mike, are still close neighbors to Scott & Julie in Naperville. The invitation was casually extended over the winter, but a formal invitation was extended a few short weeks ago. A viewing of the Fire & Ice Special Edition documentary sealed the deal. Mike is sure to be a fierce contender for this year's Rookie of the Year honors!

4.10.08 :: Frequently Asked Questions
With so many new attendees potentially headed to TR this year, I thought it'd be appropriate to revamp the FAQ page a bit... For those of you who are new, please read through them and of course, if you have any additional questions, pleae do not hesitate to pass them along - scottberger1@hotmail.com. I will add them to the FAQ page. Also, if any of you veterans can think of any additional questions your recruits may be having, send those along as well and we'll get them on the website... THANKS!

2.02.08 :: Record Attendance Rumored for TR08!
It's February... which means it's time to really get serious about gearing up for the upcoming festivities! I know it's turned into a bit of a cliche to point out the high anticipation of the weekend... but this year, I can honestly say that I've seen the anticipation on it's way to being the highest ever! We seem to be on track to set a new Fire & Ice attendance record including the potential highest jump in attendance since TR 2003! There's been early & serious interest shown by as many as 15 potential attendees with as many as 6 new faces! Competition for this years Rookie of the Year honors will be fierce!

1.07.08 :: Serb Fest & Facebook Unite!
Thanks to Chuckles to suggesting that we start up a Facebook Group for Serb Fest! While there have been some efforts for online interaction between current and past Serb Fest attendees through the TR Message Board, its use has been less than impressive... With the birth of the new Facebook Group, users can not only have discussions on TR related topics, but can also upload photos, videos, and other general comments they'd like to share with the group!

For those of you who have not yet registered with Facebook, what are you waiting for? If you choose not to maintain an in depth personal profile, that's okay! Simply register just to subscribe to the group! Yes... I'm talking to you - OLAF, BS, Rishi, Arpan, and any other past attendees!

5.29.07 :: Beer & Bags Dominate TR 07
It was another great year of evolution and great memories despite the usual heavy rainfall and unusual swarms of knats. While some were missed, those of us in attendance made great contributions to the weekend and surely once again, redefined what future Turkey Runs will behold. A great thanks to all who attended for making it another fantastic weekend. The annual recap page will be online in the near future as well as everyone's tabs for the weekend.

For now, have a look at this year's annual Beater Photo!

5.04.07 :: TR 07 Logistics To Soon Be Determined
Jovan has dropped his Friday afternoon class... I've chosen to believe that he did this solely on account of Turkey Run scheduling! Whatever the reason may be, he will be joining the Friday caravan. On another note though, it seems Nutz will be joining us on Saturday due to a business trip that has him overseas until the weekend of TR. We will all wait patiently in anticipation of his arrival!

Details are still being worked out in regards to logistics on shopping and point of departure on Friday. There may be 2 points of departure - one in the city & one in the suburbs - depending on if we can arrange for the transfer of coolers to each perspective departure locations. This may prove to be the trickiest year yet in terms of packing and transportation. Stay tuned for more details to be posted as they are available.

Other quick notes of interest: Jovan's parents are out; Joe & Rachel Kelley have declined; and Vince Kus has continued to show interest in attending. Also, a big thanks to Dave R for his proactive nature in offering to provide all of the Burgers, Hot Dogs, & Cheddarwursts we'd like. I've advised him on numbers and look forward to some of the new additions to the menu this year!

4.07.07 :: TR 07 Tentative Schedule Released
This will once again be a year of change in terms of when and from where some of us we depart for TR. For those of us flying in for TR, now's certainly the time to book that airfare! And remember, make sure your return flight doesn't depart too early on Monday! For an in depth preview of what to expect for TR 07 click here. The 2007 Schedule of Events is now available but is subject to some fine tuning. Major events listed should be reliable. As always, please contact Jovan & I with your plans for departure as well as vehicle availability!

3.10.07 :: Will Vince Kus Return to TR in 2007?
In a text message from Vince Kus to XX on the evening of March 10, Vince inquired... "Has there been a summoning by the TR High Council for the return of Kussenegger at TR 07?"  

I take this inquiry with a grain of salt as I am not confident that a "summoning" would result in actual attendence, but at the very least, it has my interest peaked.

 

10.10.06 :: Crisis Averted!
As we all know, since TR 2005, we've been facing the dilemma of not having any rooms booked for 2 of 3 nights of TR 2007.... Well, worry no more! I'm pleased to announce that I have secured a total of 6 rooms for all 3 nights! These include 2 Non-Smoking Cabin rooms, 1 Smoking Cabin room, and 3 (single bed) rooms at the Inn. Because we were only extending our previous reserveration by 2 days, no additional deposit was necessary! Let this be a lesson learned for future TR's.... Watch the calendar closely! (I'll still do my best to send threatening remniders each year - remember - going forward, we all book our own reservations for future TR's) I also recently had the pleasure of having a discussion with CR over several $1.50 PBR's which included the first real anticipation of TR '07. CR enthusiastically informed me of his sincere efforts to persuade his Father to grant us use of his RV next May.... We'll keep a close eye on this!

6.16.06 :: TR 2006 Recap
A recap of TR 2006 is now available! Thanks to everyone who made Serb Fest a success once again! Take a moment to relive TR 06 and don't hesitate to pass along any additional quotes or memories that should be included! Also, be sure to contact me to arrange sending any additional photos that you have of TR 06! Only 49 weeks until.... okay, okay.. maybe a bit premature! We still need cabins though!!

5.21.06 :: No Rain At TR??!
As many of you surely know, a strong storm or tornado warning at TR is something to be somewhat expected. It's certainly never gotten in the way of a good time at TR, but who doesn't prefer the sun on their backs?? In case you haven't been keeping a close eye on the 10 day forcast for Marshall, Indiana... the weekend is looking like it's going to be damn near PERFECT! Last week, there were initial reports of scattered thunderstorms each day, but it looks like those storm predictions have been moved up to this upcoming week making way for clear, sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper 80's! Nutz, bring some sun block! 10 Day Forecast

5.13.06 :: Less Than 2 Weeks To Go!
We're in the home stretch! It seems that we've cleared up any uncertainties surrounding TR06 - in particular - transportation. Jovan has been able to secure the old Explorer for the weekend! This solves the problem of transporting the *Official TR Cooler* and some other large items. Julie & I will be driving one car, but we will still need at least 1 additional car to make the trip. R has kindly volunteered, but we may be open to an alternative plan if it makes more sense. Unconfirmed prospective attendees include 2004 Intellectual of the Year, Vince Kus and an unspecified number of new recruits from Councilman, Brian Crissie.

4.29.06 :: Less Than 1 Month To Go!
Can you believe it?? We're officially a few short weeks away from TR06! As always, the list of attendees is nearly confirmed, but still holds some question marks. We have confirmed 1 new attendee this year, and while a few regulars will be missed, there are hot rumors that Roach may attend! Also, as always, the greatest uncertainty this year is transportation. While we may have several cars available to haul people and bags, we are desperately seeking solutions for transporting coolers, beer, the fire & ice grill, etc. The 2006 Schedule of Events is now available and is subject to some fine tuning. But major events listed should be reliable.

4.02.06 :: Fire & Ice Special Edition DVD Finally Ships!!
Nearly 10 months after its intended release, the painful wait is over! Many have already recieved a package containing the covetted disc, which, for those of you who may not know, was delayed primarily because of efforts being made to release the remastered feature and all bonus footage on a single DVD. For those of you who are expecting, but have not yet received your copy, please make sure you've provided me with a current mailing address, as requested last week. Invite your friends and loved ones to view the DVD and share in your great excitement for next month's upcoming festivities!

3.26.06 :: Congratulations to OLAF!
Congratulations are certainly in order for OLAF and his wife Julie who are expecting their first child shortly after TR 06. Understandably, this is going to keep OLAF from attending this year & while his absence will be greatly felt, we all wish him well and look foward to his return at TR 07. We'll also do our best to make up his typical consumption of High Life.

3.04.06 :: Serb Fest History Receives Extensive Updates!
After a year of anticipation, it brings me great pleasure to officially unveil the extensive Serb Fest Archive documenting the history of Serb Fest as far back as 1977 with over 60 photos dating as far back as 1980! Take a moment and realize that some of these photos are older than some of us! (Krangis)... At the very least, we should all take a few minutes, or even hours and appreciate the rich history of this weekend barbeque we affectionately call "TR".

SERB FEST ARCHIVE ::

As always, if ANYONE has in their posession or knows of anyone with any additional photos, video footage, etc. from ANY year, please find a way to get them to me and allow them to be properly archived an preserved for future generations!

2.17.06 :: TR Attendees gather for annual Zelenkovich Slava.

Several TR Attendess gathered at Skadalija Restauraunt in Chicago for the annual Slava hosted by the Zelenkovich Family... As expected, anticipation was high for TR 06 as we drank and danced amidst the presence of legends.

2.11.06 :: Announcements
Have you requested Friday May 26th off work yet? Let's face it.. this is becoming more and more of a necessity as the years go by.

For those of you wondering what happened to the DVD release of the Fire & Ice Special Edition, rest assured, the project is still alive. Since it's planned release in May 2005, we have decided to postpone its release in order to have the ability to fit all of the release's content onto a single DVD instead of a feature disc and bonus disc. Final editing and DVD menu creation is scheduled for later this month.

2.07.06 :: Early Attendance Confirmations
The early bird get's the civap! And this year, the early bird is Dave R! Okay, disregard that comment.. but we must not overlook Dave's overwhelming enthusiasm in his recent inquiry about TR 06! He gets the nod as the first confirmed attendee of all those who are not expected to attend. Honorable mention goes to XX who uncharacteristically dialed in the early confirmation as well! Be sure to check out the 2006 preview here>

2.01.06 :: The Season Is Upon Us!
As we tread our way through the month of February, it brings me great pleasure to know that it's never too soon to begin the hype of the upcoming year's trip to Turkey Run! This perhaps may go down as the quickest off season to past in recent memory - for me at least... If you're happening to stumble upon this offseason visit to TROnline.com, make it a habit, because the updates will plentiful in the coming weeks & months! Ziveli!

5.31.05 :: Serb Fest a Success Yet Again!
With TR 05 officially in the books, we can only look back with fond memories and begin the arguous journey of looking foward to TR 06. Relive TR 05 here>

5.22.05 :: Special Edition DVD Nearing Completion!
With less than a week to go, the latest DVD release is very near completion! With over 1/2 hour of Special Features, this DVD is sure not to dissapoint!

5.03.05 :: 2 Unexpeced late additions to the TR 05 Lineup!
Just as we thought the list of attendees was wrapped up it was decided to issue 2 additional invitiations to this year's festivities. It brings me great pleasure to formally announce the confirmation of 1st time attendees Joe Kelley & Dave R. This brings the total of confirmed attendees to 14!

4.18.05 :: DVD Trailer Available For Download!
The wait is over! Download the exclusive trailer for the 'Fire & Ice Special Edition' DVD due out this May!

TR Trailer - Low Res [12.0 MB]
TR Trailer - Hi Res [18.8 MB]

4.13.05 :: 6 Short Weeks To Go!
The particulars of TR 05 are beginning to take shape! I've been accepting formal confirmations from a number of attendees in recent weeks! Consult the "TR is right around the corner" page for details. - Though no great surprises have presented themselves as of yet... 2005 Schedule of Events is now available.

As of last night, hope is STILL ALIVE for the unthinkable dream of taking an RV to Turkey Run this year! The latest update revealed that CR's father needed to call his insurance company to verify whether or not CR would be covered to drive the vehicle. If in fact he is, we'll have one hell of a ride down to TR!

The 'Fire & Ice Special Edition' DVD is making progress. Krangis has chosen to keep its progress extremely tight-lipped but I was recently allowed to preview a trailor that we are attempting to make available via download right here at TROnline! This will surely get the anticipation for Memorial Day to its expected level for this time of year! More details will be coming shortly!

3.19.05 :: More Historical Photos Obtained!
Jovan recently was able to get his hands on a stack of photos that reveal a part of TR's history that has until now only been legend. Last year, we were ecstatic to see photos from as far back as 1985, but we now have photos that date as far back as TR 1980! Most date from the early 80's and others will be added to our collection of mid-90's photos. This will no-doubt help us further appreciate the history and tradition of Serb Fest!

1.29.05 :: A Message From Dan F
Ladies & Gentlemen, after receiving formal permission from the man himself, it brings me great pleasure to make available to you all a message of inspiration left by none other than XX... Further proof that anticipation for TR 2005 is growing with each passing day!

Message [821 KB]

5.28.08 :: Update: Unfortunately, despite previous permission to make the audio of this message available this past attendee has requested that this file no longer be publically hosted on this website.

1.13.05 :: Editing Begins On TR '04 Video Footage
Its official! Its that time of year again when TR creeps to the front of everyone's minds! With that comes the editing of the previous years video footage. As you may or may not remember, the "Fire & Ice Extravaganza - Special Edition" DVD is slated for a Spring 2005 release. This will include a remastered version of 2004's original DVD release as well as plenty of special features sure to get everyone licking their chops for another great Memorial Day Weekend! And lets not forget an exclusive preview of what we're all in store for in 2006... The next full length documentary that will capture the return of "Serb Fest" to Turkey Run!!

1.07.05 :: TR '05 Could Be A Landmark Year for Transportation!
To our great surprise, it seems as though the Zelenkovich van may make one final trip to TR this year. This is great news for those of us who tend to hold on to the tradition of TR Past. But on a much more exciting note....
How many of us laughed at John for his comment in the Fire & Ice Documentary that "Who knows, maybe someday we will rent an RV"... Well.. ladies & gentlemen, someday may in fact be upon us.. sort of... It was recently announced by our good friend CR that his father had just purchased an RV! CR being as sharp as he is proceded to run the idea of borrowing the RV for Memorial Day Weekend.. for now, he was receptive to the idea.. so we'll keep our fingers crossed! Upon receiving this news, Jovan actually nearly broke down in tears and embraced CR as if they were family.

1.01.05 :: Happy New Years! TR '05 News!!
We have great news to share! Despite Jovan taking his "Fire & Ice" grill to Boston this Fall, thanks to a generous gift from Krangis to Scott, we will once again experience the succulent chicken that is prepared by said grill. On a related note, for all of you that are familiar with Crazy Dan's "grandfather" green cooler with built in bottle opener.... we now have a cooler of similar features & charm.

8.14.04 :: TR Supplies Find A New Home...
As anticipated at TR 04, this past year was believed to be the last year the men would depart from the Zelenkovich Residence in Prospect Heights, IL. A major step was taken today towards confirming this inevitability. The Turkey Run supplies & coolers have officially been transitioned to Scott for an interim year at the Berger Residence in Glen Ellyn, IL. A sad day indeed, but yet another step foward towards the future of Turkey Run.

6.01.04 :: TR ONLINE Updates On The Way!
As I'm sure everyone now knows, the website now has its own official domain found at http://www.turkeyrunonline.com. There are major plans to add several new features, video footage, images, and memories from not only 2004, but from Serb Fests past as far back as 1985! Check back often and I will try to keep everyone posted on major updates and additions to the website!

6.01.04 :: TR '04 Officially In The Books!
The triumphant return of Serb Fest brought everyone's appreciation of Turkey Run to new and exciting levels! Despite a few hang-ups, the weekend was once again a COMPLETE SUCCESS! A great thanks to everyone who contributed to making this year's Serb Fest one for the ages!

Congratulations to this year's newest Councilmen, Brian Kelley & Jeff Berger. You are both important fixtures to the legend of Turkey Run. Special thanks are also in order for those who have reached General Participant status this year: Brian Crissie, Charlie Ruiz, & XX. We look foward to your continued appearances at future TR's.

5.16.04 :: Dan F Confirms!
In a conference call Sunday afternoon, XX announced his confirmation of attendance in typical Dan F style! Everyone is looking foward to his return for the first time since TR 1999, the year in which he set the stage for his legend. Brian Crissie has also confirmed attendance and has brought another newcomer to the mix. I am thrilled to have Vince Kus, and old friend of myself, Brian, & XX, on the list of attendees this year.

DF Press Conference [1.5 MB]

5.28.08 :: Update: Unfortunately, despite previous permission to make the audio of this message available this past attendee has requested that this file no longer be publically hosted on this website.

5.01.04 :: THE RETURN OF SERB FEST!!
After essentially ruling out ALL possibility of any Hall Of Famers attending TR for the second straight year, Jovan has recieved word that we will indeed be graced by the presence of 4 Hall Of Famers this year at TR! The second annual "Fire & Ice Extravaganza" will be put on hold until further notice (hopefully years down the road) for the return of SERB FEST! Chuckles is currently the only 04 attendee to have only experienced TR with the absence of the older generation of Serbs, so this is sure to be a special year for him. The TR 04 Rookies don't quite understand the significance of this all yet, but one day they will surely appreciate how lucky they were to have their first experience of Turkey Run be a genuine Serb Fest!

4.27.04 :: Attendance Update
No word on XX or Loona, but surprising news includes likely attendance of TR 2000 attendee, Sean Sullivan. Ich & Roach have both respectfully declined for various reasons.

The TR 2004 schedule has been updated to reflect new plans for Turkey Run Eve. All are encouraged to join in the festivities!

4.10.04 :: DF Gives 70% Probability of Attendance!
I received word this week that XX now sees the odds of his attendance this year at OVER 70%. From what it seems, this may in fact even be a conservative estimate! We're hoping he's close to a lock!

3.20.04 :: "Fire & Ice" Prescreening an Emotional Evening For All....
On Friday, March 19th, 2 presreenings of the documentary were held. The first, a private viewing for Jovan, was an emotional 45 minutes... a true culmination of all the agonizing anticipation leading up to the evening. A second screening was held for Nutz and Chuckles later that evening. They too were left in nothing but the highest of spirits after the viewing. We can hardly wait for the rest of the group to join in the experience on May 28th!

3.12.04 :: TR Documentary COMPLETE!
Ten months after Turkey Run '03, after 2 intense months of editing, the highly anticipated TR Documentary is finally complete! Jovan will have a private viewing of the film this Friday before it is ultimately opened up to the rest of the group on May 28th, Turkey Run Eve. We hope that everyone will be able to make the viewing that Friday night at the Zelenkovich Residence in Prospect Heights!

I would like to formally thank Krangis for his tireless hard work and dedication the past 2 months and for keeping an open mind and work together with myself to make this documentary more than any of us could have fathomed 1 year ago.
Scott ::

3.11.04 :: Arpan Confirmed for TR '04!
These are exciting times indeed! With under 75 days until the big weekend, Arpan has confirmed his attendance by purchasing his plane tickets to Chicago for the weekend. Traveling from Raleigh, NC, this will definitely give him the record for furtherst distance traveled for a rookie trip to TR. For those of you unfamiliar with Arpan's past, he has had a running invitation for several years now, but has always been unable to attend due to family obligations. The founding members are thrilled to finally have him aboard this year!

In related news, Rishi, another fellow North Carolina attendee is getting closer to confirmation as negotiations continue to convince him that TR will not interfere with his study schedule for the weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that he will fold under the friendly pressure put upon him!

2.27.04 :: TR '04 Attendance List Taking Shape
The official invitations have been extended to all prospective rookies and hopeful returning attendees as of this week. CR has been confirmed again after having to miss last years festivities. The HIGHLY ANTICIPATED return of XX was taken to a new level yesterday afternoon when I spoke with him. He was unable to give 100% confirmation due to a potential crucial work-related conflict. Details are sketchy at this time, but he did give me his word (and his word is as strong as oak), that he would do everything in his power to attend Turkey Run this Memorial Day. I will keep everyone posted on the outcome.

2 Rookies have nearly been confirmed. Most of you know Arpan, a long time perspective attendee who, upon attendance, will set a new record for furthest distance traveled for their rookie trip to TR, narrowly beating Rishi's record of a year ago. I have also been informed of a new recruit from Jovan. We welcome Chuck "Chuck the Truck" Leto to the TR family. With the sucess of John's recruiting efforts of Rishi and Chuckles last year, and for that matter, of most of us at one point or another, we trust that his judgement will be top notch. On the downside, it appears that Rishi will be unable to return this year to follow up on his Rookie of the Year performance. This, however, does not jeapordize future invitation to TR.

Finally, as always, a sincere effort is being made to convince the elders to join us for what truly could be a historic weekend with their presence. An immediate announcement will indeed be made upon ANY confirmation of thier attendance.

2.27.04 :: TR Documentary Nearing Completion!
The finishing touches are being put on the documentary. I've had the great pleasure of being very involved with the editing process the last 3 weeks. Krangis and I are working hard to assure all of you a mind blowing experience when watching the film. I for one can say that it has FAR exceeded my wildest expectations! May 28th will be a glorious day!

2.01.04 :: TR Documentary Editing Making Progress!
Word has it that the documentary is nearing completion. There has been a strict mid-March deadline put on the project for school related reasons, to ensure a pre-TR 2004 release. I have been privaleged enough to be able to view 2 segments thus far - including "DSD" & "The Drive Down". The wait and anticipation will surely be worth it!

1.09.04 :: TR Dominates Coversation at Slava
The serbs rang in the new year at their annual slava at Skadarlia Restaurant in Chicago. The event brought together generations of TR attendees and made for a great opportunity to bid for the return of the Hall of Famers in '04. While they were reluctant to commit, they were encouraging. Of course, we'd all love nothing more than to have that kind of history in our presence next year at TR.

10.18.03 :: TR 2004 Right Around the Corner!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, its important to point out the fact that its arrival will mark the approximate half way point to TR 2004! While we count down the days to the next TR immediately following TR each year, it now feels closer than ever! Jovan has prepared a statement. Look for it sometime before TR '04.

Big Shit gets a little "touchy" with the girls...
With the announcement that the girls of Turkey Run had created a website of their
own, Big Shit gave them a piece of his mind.... and while it may have been a bit harsh (mind you, all are on healthy, friendly terms at this point), it still quite humorous. His reponse can be read here.

2004 Schedule of Events Released
The tentative schedule has been released and can be viewed here. Obviously, since it is still early, many things are subject to change.

Turkey Run Online is up and running!
Updates will be made periodically once the site is complete. At that point, TR Online will be the single greatest resource for Turkey Run attendees past, present, and future.

TR Documentary editing underway
Over 11 hours of footage was shot this year at Turkey Run by our friend Krangis. As time permits, editing will be done to create a 30 minute showcase of the weekend's spirit.

Be sure to email any pictures you have from TR to krangis@aol.com.

 

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