There will be some changes this year for the Turner Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 9.
The event will feature vendor and craft booths, a car show, inflatables and food options, according to Vicki Mullins, public relations chair for the event.
Because of construction at the new Turner middle school, the 36th annual Turner Day celebration will take place at a different venue, Mullins said. The new location is Swartz Stadium, the old football field off 51st and Swartz, she said.
Overflow parking will be available at Turner Recreation at 831 S. 55th, with shuttles available to the event, she said.
The event went from two days to one day this year, she said. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. They’re hoping to return to the two-day schedule next year.
The event will not include a parade this year because there will be no parking at the middle school due to construction, she said. Also, mud volleyball will not take place this year.
The rest of the annual event is pretty much the same, Mullins added. Entertainment and the walk of fame also are listed as activities.
All of the events will be outdoors this year, Mullins said. Temperatures are expected to reach 92 degrees in the afternoon.
Turner Days did not take place last year because of COVID-19, and this year, it’s affected because of the construction at the middle school, she said.
Mullins said many of the Turner schools will have booths and activities at the annual Turner Day event.
Funds raised from Turner Day will go back to future events, with some of the funds going to Project Graduation.
Turner Day is sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission, Turner School District, Turner PTA, Amigos, McCownGordon Construction and other community partners.
Turner Day updates can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/turnerdaysofficial/.
by Brian Turrel
There will be some dark, difficult days on head coach Rick Byers’s quest to bring football glory back to Turner, and maybe this was one, a 57-6 loss to Basehor-Linwood on Friday evening in Turner.
The Bobcats scored early and often, starting with a fumble recovery at the Turner 25 on the Bears’ first drive, and converting the turnover to a touchdown a short time later.
Basehor-Linwood held a visible size advantage on the field, and got a push at the line on both sides of the ball. Turner quarterback Matt Jimenez found himself frequently harassed behind the line, contributing to two interceptions.
When Turner did move the ball, it was usually on the legs of senior running back Ty Cole. Cole’s elusive running style was successful on inside and outside runs, whenever he was able to get some blocking to create a gap in the line or some space on the edge.
Cole had a three-play sequence in the second quarter where he earned a total of 48 yards on three consecutive carries.
Cole scored Turner’s only touchdown on a short run in the third quarter after the Bobcats muffed a punt to set Turner up with a short field at the Basehor-Linwood 22-yard line.
The game was well-attended by fans of both teams, but a brief, cold shower in the third quarter chased most of the crowd from the suspenseless finish.
The loss drops Turner to 1-3 for the season. The Golden Bears will celebrate homecoming next Friday, as Atchison visits.