Watford wins Battle of the Beards prize; ‘Huntin’ the World’ takes world championship title

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Duane Watford of Henrietta brought in the largest Rio Grande gobbler entered in the 2014 Turkey Fest hunting competitions, earning the overall Battle of the Beards title and prizes valued at $1,200. Competing in the Battle of the Beards were 37 adults and nine youth. … [Read more...]

Chamber logs first turkeys in World Championship hunt, Battle of the Beards

John Kennedy of “Huntin’ the World — Southern Style” films as Game Warden Richard Key measures the spurs of a turkey entered in the Turkey Fest World Championship. B.J. Dunn, executive director of the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce, records measurements to calculate the final score.

The first turkeys harvested by professional hunting teams and battle of the Beards contestants were brought in for Thursday’s noon weigh-in. Ken Cobb, Michael Aho and John Kennedy of the outdoors television series “Huntin’ the World — Southern Style, logged a … [Read more...]

Saturday festival on the square to supply fun for all ages

Greg and Madeline Brooks of Henrietta try to keep “Henrietta” and “Vashti”, participants in the second heat of the live turkey races, on task during last year's Turkey Fest.

Turkey Fest begins today as hunters take the field, but the real action begins Saturday morning on the courthouse square in Henrietta with a day of family entertainment. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m., followed by an old-fashioned street … [Read more...]

Deadline to enter Battle of the Beards at 5 p.m. today

Bobby Woods and Shane Nixon of Team NWTF look on as Battle of the Beards competitor Ken McMaster (second from right) of Florida weighs his turkey.

Today, April 8, is the last for hunters to sign up to participate in the Clay County Turkey Fest’s Battle of the Beards. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. No late entries will be accepted. Hunters participating in the Battle of the Beards compete to harvest the … [Read more...]

Registration begins for Battle of the Beards; Cabela’s adds ‘grand’ prize

Bobby Woods and Shane Nixon of Team NWTF look on as Battle of the Beards competitor Ken McMaster (second from right) of Florida weighs his turkey.

The eighth annual Clay County Turkey Fest gets underway next week, and with it come big changes to the Battle of the Beards, a favorite event among area hunters. Hunters participating in the Battle of the Beards compete to harvest the largest Rio Grande turkey. … [Read more...]

‘Huntin’ the World’ to feature Turkey Fest in new episode

Huntin' the World earned the 2013 Turkey Fest World Championship title. The team hunted the F Bar Ranch with guide Darrell Bryant.

Ken Cobb and crew of “Huntin’ the World: Southern Style” will feature the Clay County Turkey Fest during an upcoming episode set to air this week on the Outdoor Channel. The episode is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m.; Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, … [Read more...]

Huntin’ the World, Gonzenbach win Turkey Fest titles; Saturday fun for all

Henrietta High School seniors Corbin Reed, Ben Alan Paige and Kassidy Beeler each won $500 scholarships in the Scholarship Barrel Race on Saturday.

 By Sasha KeltonPioneer SentinelDespite complaints of strong winds and an absence of big turkey toms this weekend, three of the seven celebrity hunt teams competing in the 2013 World Championship claimed a few Clay County birds. Huntin’ the World earned the World … [Read more...]

Gonzenbach brings in first Rio Grande of Turkey Fest

Adam Gonzenbach and son Graham watch as Game Warden Eddy Hood weighs the first Battle of the Beards turkey brought in during Turkey Fest 2013.

The first turkey to be entered in the seventh annual Clay County Turkey Fest was brought in for weight and measure ate about 6 p.m. Thursday evening. The Rio Grande turkey was harvest Thursday afternoon by Adam Gonzenbach on a property near the Red River and weighed … [Read more...]

Area hunters to compete for Battle of the Beards title

Blaine Martin with Bob Pippin, Hal Schaffer, father Billy Martin and videographer Adam Barnes with two turkeys harvested Sunday.

Hunters across Clay County are gearing up for the fourth annual Battle of the Beards, starting tomorrow, including 12-year-old Blaine Martin of Joy. Blaine, a sixth grader at Windthorst Junior High, will be back to defend his Battle of the Beards title. Last year, … [Read more...]

Outdoors television personalities in search of world championship

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Personalities from some of cable television’s outdoors programming will take to the field beginning Thursday morning in search of the tom that will win the title of Turkey Fest World Champion. The celebrity will hunt Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, April … [Read more...]