Merriam’s largest annual festival is approaching, and organizers are gearing up for this highly anticipated family event. The Turkey Creek Festival officially kicks-off the summer event season in Merriam, and is held on the third Saturday in May each year at Antioch Park.
Whether you’re a seasoned TCF pro, or 2018 will be your first festival, you’ll want to be sure to take in all the sights and fun of the day. Gates are open from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to delight in all things Turkey Creek! To help you enjoy a sampling of the entire festival, check out the Visitors Bureau’s Turkey Creek Festival Top 10 below.
- Get your early morning workout in by joining the Turkey Creek Festival 5K. This family friendly route through some of Merriam’s prettiest neighborhoods will earn you the daily 10,000 step count in no time. Learn more here!
- After 3.1 miles, you’ve probably worked up a good appetite…satisfy those hunger pangs at the Lions Club pancake feed in shelter #1 at Antioch Park. From 7:30-11:30 a.m., for the low, low price of $6.00 ($4.00 for kids 12 and younger), you can feast on pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice until your heart is content.
- Right inside the gates, you can interact with Merriam’s first responders! From touring the fire truck to chatting with police and EMS, Merriam welcomes you to stop by and say hi.
- Stroll the artisans expo in search of the perfect home decor piece, hand-made jewelry bauble or other fabulous find.
- Tackle a little woodworking project with the kiddos at Home Depot’s building area in the park shelter.
- Take a lunch break on the beautiful park grounds! Choose your favorite concession fare–turkey legs, gyros, ribbon curl fries, hot dogs–the menu options are endless!
- Sway to the tunes during one of the live concert performances. From country to rockabilly, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to fine-tune your two-step!
- Ride the train…it’s small, but mighty, and will give you a tiny reprieve traveling from one space to another if you need to rest your legs while giving the kids a fun activity.
- Once your legs have recovered, the kids will ask to take the boat ride. Warning…you’ll be pedaling, hence they are called pedal boats. They’re a lot of fun, but make sure you’re prepared to pedal across the small lake and back.
- Star Wars characters will be strolling the park grounds. If you’re a character chaser, bring your autograph book and a pen! May the force be with you!