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Turkey Testicle Festival

11/21/2013 at 12:21pm

Bruce CermakCome See Bruce And Have a Ball

As many readers are aware, Surf Club owner and long-time island philanthropist Bruce Cermak has been having some health issues recently. This week we are happy to report that he is out of the hospital and looking forward to seeing all of his beloved islanders and visitors at the 11th Annual Turkey Testicle Festival this Saturday at the Surf Club, where Bruce's crew will be serving up the tasty testes from 2-8pm with proceeds from this year's benefit going to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

For those unfamiliar with the world of testicle tasting, turkey testicles are actually quite popular - for the last ten years the desire for these peculiar pudenda have caused people to come from far and wide to satisfy their lust for a part of a turkeytheir mothers likely never served for holiday dinner. Since Cermak has always held these festivals in November, this has become quite a unique Thanksgiving tradition for our little island.

The festivals have been popular for years in the Midwest and Cermak's hometown of Chicago. One annual event, held in the bustling town of Olean, Missouri (population 157) since 1992, draws thousands of testes tasters from all over the country.

The original festival - held annually in Byron, Illinois since 1978 - serves up thousands of pounds of the teensy tidbits and raises over $30,000 for local charities every year. Turkeys carry their testicles internally, and some of them get to be pretty good size. Bruce told us that the testicles come from the Butterball turkey farm in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, and they are shipped all over the world, especially to the Orient.

Most folks compare the taste to chicken gizzards, but say they 'fill you up much faster'. Bill Clarke - an aficionado of our local festival - says 'they're like a fried mushroom without the flavor'. Others claim that they are an aphrodisiac (giving a whole new meaning to 'having a ball').

"People come here from everywhere on the map to indulge in this festival," Cermak told us. "It has a regular clientele and then attracts newcomers every year."

So come down Saturday and join the fun! In addition to the traditional testicles, Bruce assured us there will also be games of the popular Chicken Bingo - something that truly must be experienced to be believed. Folks are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or $5 to donate to Harry Chapin, which supplies our local food bank here on the island along with many others.

"We will also be serving our regular menu, plus turkey sandwiches, and we will have t-shirts," Bruce said. "People can hang out inside the Surf Club or outside, where we'll be spinning CD's and playing Chicken Bingo.”

"Come have a 'ball' with us!”

Keri Hendry Weeg