Wild Turkey Festival in McArthur, Ohio

by Jeannine Mancini Google

Most people in the U.S. associate turkey with the month of November. However, Vinton County residents look forward to the annual summer Wild Turkey Festival held in McArthur, Ohio. During the four-day event, families can partake in an assortment of turkey-themed fun.


The Wild Turkey Festival is held on streets of downtown McArthur and the town square is turned into a fairground. The festival is one of the village's most notable events, bringing life to the small-town setting since it began in 1985. Admission is free for all.


The Wild Turkey Festival is held on the first full weekend in May. Beginning on Thursday evening and ending on Sunday, each day has scheduled events. The Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (vintoncountytravel.com) provides a detailed schedule and current contact information for the festival.


The festival offers fun for the entire family. Kids can enjoy carnival rides, crafts, games and exhibits. There is a car show and a quilt show for the adults, as well as baking and karaoke contests. After the parade on Saturday, the Wild Turkey Festival Queen is crowned. On Sunday, Little Miss Gobblerette and Little Mister Gobbler are chosen.

Food and Music

The Wild Turkey Festival features street vendors with an assortment of foods. You will not only find turkey but also a variety of other foods ranging from steak to cheesecake. Live entertainment is provided by local bands and musicians nightly.