When I was a little girl Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. I loved the food and visiting with extended family. It wasn’t a one day affair, it was a four day event full of fun and tradition! My grandmother and I even had our own tradition of making a ham, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole together on Wednesday night — they were our “must haves” that we weren’t going to risk not having room in the oven for! I always pictured the day as ‘tv perfect”, but one thing that always confused me. Those sitcoms we loved so much always showed “the guys” impatiently waiting for Thanksgiving dinner while they watched football. None of the men in my family watched football so I didn’t understand what that was about. The men in my family had a different tradition, “the Turkey Run.” As a child I imagined that meant turkeys running through a field? I had no idea what this meant at all, until I married a car guy and the Turkey Run became a tradition for the entire family!
The Turkey Run at Daytona International Speedway is the largest combined Collector Car Show, Swap Meet and Car Corral in the USA, and while I was left out of loop as a child, my husband has always been happiest to go if everyone was going with him! The Turkey Run is a family affair that everyone looks forward to.
What to do when your husband says
“Let’s go to the Turkey Run this weekend!”
Step 1: Say yes!!!
Step 2: Don’t panic! The Turkey Run is a lot of fun and there is PLENTY there for you to do too! Some of my favorite sights are the Artisan Alley vendors and FOOD trucks! Oh yes! The food! Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without great food, and neither is the Turkey Run! It’s like food trucks on parade! Turkey legs, fair favorites, gourmet burgers, tacos, oh my! Bring your appetite with you!
Step 3: Get your wagon ready! If you don’t have a wagon, get one! Really, a stroller isn’t nearly as much fun as tossing a few kids into a wagon! At the Turkey Run, you will see a LOT of wagons and you will wish you brought yours! Go ahead, get your wagon ready so you don’t regret leaving it behind! Fill it with blankets, a comfy throw pillow, and a few of your kids’ favorite snacks! Oh, and don’t forget the kids!
Fun for the Kids!
Do you have a Batman Fan?
Headlining the 45th Daytona Turkey Run is a fun, supersized event showcasing the original Batcopter N3079G from the Batman TV series, the 1966 Batmobile, AND the 1966 Batcycle will also be on display! Your Batman fan won’t be able to contain his/her excitement!
Once dad is finished going crazy for Batman, the rest of your kids will love Little Gobbler’s Play Zone! Kids will have a blast in bounce houses, an obstacle course, inflatable games and more. All Play Zone activities are free of charge.
About the Daytona Turkey Run
The Daytona Turkey Run is open to the public and features more than 6,000 vintage, classic and custom, muscle cars, race cars and trucks on display and for sale, as well as a massive swap meet in which vendors sell and trade hard-to-find auto parts and accessories. There is also an Artisan Alley with fashion and art and a full midway of delicious food vendors. More than 150,000 attended the 44th Daytona Turkey Run.
The 45th Daytona Turkey Run is presented by White Diamond and is sponsored in part by Mecum Auctions and Spectrum. Admission is $15 Thursday through Saturday and $10 on Sunday with free parking. Children under 11 are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free parking is available at the Daytona Speedway all four days.
Don’t think you’re ready to make the Turkey Run a Thanksgiving tradition with your family yet? No worries! The Spring Turkey Run will be waiting for you in March! Plan your trip to the Spring Turkey Run now! It’s happening March 22-24, 2019.
For more information about the Daytona Turkey Run, visit www.TurkeyRun.com.