Turn Back The Clock: A Look Back at TR 07 - Ten Years Later
Another chapter of 'Turn Back The Clock'.... As I thought back, considering whether or not this would be a year to add to our TBTC series, I initially though... "Eh... 1997 - Not very relevant to this group - But next year, we can definitely look back on 1998, certainly a red-letter date in the history of Serb Fest!" But then it hit me... '97?! That's TWENTY years back!! We're talking about 2007!! Are you kidding me??! It feels like only yesterday, but yes, '07 was a full decade back! And oh my.... it is definitely a year worthy of exploring here today!
I start?? Well, naturally ten years back brings us to our 30th Anniversary
celebration - our first major anniversary celebration since uncovering
some early details of Serb Fest's humble beginnings. With a respectable
showing Hall of Famers, we celebrated HARD. In fact, I'd venture to
say it was a high point of debauchery amongst the group! With the exception
of the young Boskovic girls, the core group was just one year off of
introducing the next major wave of the 3rd generation... At this point,
we were still only dabbling in the introduction of significant others
with the Berger men being the only two to bring their ladies.
The way this group ripped it up all 3 nights, it was as if they knew
how significantly the dynamic of TR would evolve in the coming decade.
One notable introduction - BAGS. It was a focus of the weekend, with intense competition happening at all hours. Theres something to be said about an activity that can be competitive while holding a solo cup! Friday night, heavy rain forced the group to the main shelter where competition was accompanied by HEAVY drinking and lots of meat. Saturday saw more of the same. Heavy rains, more bags, more drinking and even more meat. This time, out came the Holy Water. A ceremonial passing of a camelback full of Holy Water, led by Jovan is featured in the 2013 Serb Fest Trailer. Youll notice Crazy Dan, in particular, indulging generously on the Holy Water and lets just say it didnt end well.
Another notable introduction was the notion of initiating rookies with a bottle of horrendous alcohol This time a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20. Thank Crazy Dan for this! Rookie, Eric Hanson took care of the bottle like a champ and earned himself the nickname Mad Dog along with Rookie of the Year honors. Three years later, rookie Brian OKelly was presented with a bottle of Wild Irish Rose, once again, by Crazy Dan and since its been custom to have Rookie men endure a special alcoholic treat.
Sunday, despite the heavy drinking of the previous two nights, the group was in good spirits and feeling ambitious once again. Theres something to be said about the age-old saying that the only hangover one experiences at Turkey Run comes from eating too much and having to loosen your belt! So with great ambition, the group shockingly agreed to an 8 mile kayak trip a considerable step up from the typical 3-4 mile trip the group had become accustomed to in recent years. Fortunately the group also encountered lax staff at Sugar Valley Canoe Trips and they were able to haul plenty of cheap beer to last the full 8 miles.
So you can say it was a perfect storm that led to peak alcohol consumption amongst the group. Already on an upward trend since 2003, the introduction of Jovans enthusiastic business school buddy, Mad Dog, set the bar yet another notch higher. It may be safe to say that well never reach this level of consumption again but as the kids get a bit older, I have a feeling we collectively have another impressive run left in us. Lets just let that thought marinate for a few years and Ill bring the High Life!