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Trotting into Tremont: Turkey Festival this weekend

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TREMONT, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Thousands are trotting to Tremont this weekend for the Tremont Turkey Festival.

Its been a central Illinois tradition for more than 50 years.

It has also been a tradition for volunteers who serve up those famous turkey sandwiches; they tell us their favorite part is giving back.

"They raise thousands of dollars every year, and it goes to help with everything from our local pool, to our local ambulance, and volunteer fire department," said Josh Beutow, a 10 Year Turkey Festival Volunteer. "It's just a great event that not only provides great food and entertainment, but it's a great value for our community," added Beutow.

One of the unique things about the festival is that all ages enjoy different aspects of the tradition each year.

"The rides that go super high, like the zero gravity one," said Ava Sales; adding, "The turkey's really good, and I like the funnel cakes too."

Organizers said the festival has returned over $1.5 million to the community over its more-than 50 year run.

The event goes through Sunday the 10th with food, entertainment, carnival rides, vendors, and of course, lots of turkey!

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