Trotting Turkeys put Cuero, Texas on the Map
Who knew that driving turkeys to their doom would draw droves of visitors to the tiny Texas town of Cuero beginning in the early 1900s. When a processing plant moved to the outskirts of Cuero in 1908, turkey ranchers began herding their flocks through the center of town on their way to the plant. The spectacle of thousands of fowl trotting through town drew spectators from far and wide. Cuero merchants capitalized on the attraction providing visitors with refreshments and rooms. Local leaders determined to reap the benefits of this annual poultry parade formalized the event in November 1912, declaring the first official Turkey Trot. Texas governor Oscar Colquitt and other dignitaries attended the festivities and enjoyed a parade of “floats festooned with turkey feathers” in addition to 18,000+ turkeys strutting down Main Street.
In 1913, a Turkish theme set the stage for the Turkey Trot as Sultan Yekrut (turkey spelled backwards) and Sultana Oreuc (Cuero reversed) reigned over the festivities. As the years progressed, the Turkish pageantry became more and more splendid. The royal couple became a royal court complete with attendants decked out in elaborate costumes. Cuero was thus transformed from tiny town amongst the mesquite trees and sagebrush to an exotic oasis replete with the splendor of a Turkish court.
 “The Cuero Turkey Trot,” [http://m.turkeyfest.org/p/About-Us/Cuero’s-Turkey-History/195], accessed November 11, 2013.