Of the days in June, the third weekend is a perennial favorite. People who live here work hard to host a turkey barbecue for 2000 people in Aneta on the third Saturday in June. Everyone who calls Aneta home, by truth, by marriage, by choice, or by liar's luck, returns for the fun whenever they can. There is a craft show, a parade, a lunch stand, rummage sales, games and fun for kids, a tractor pull. I believe Aneta is actually the happiest place on earth every third Saturday in June. On Sunday there is church in the park in the morning and a basketball game in the afternoon.
The Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up for June 2014 is presented to:
Ending the Celebration with Basketball
Originally published on June 23, 2014
Another Aneta Turkey Barbecue is over. We enjoyed the company of strangers and renewed old friendships. Our lives are richer for having done the work involved in putting all of this together, but we are tired as it finishes. The last event of the weekend was a basketball game held in our old Auditorium.
The game was billed as "alumni," but it didn't matter what school you graduated from. There hasn't been a school in town for years. Everyone who showed up was put on a team and Farmer Fred was the referee.
There were fans in the crowd, including the Farm Inspector, the Energy Advisor, the Ag Analyst.
There is still a little clean up to do tonight, but people will show up, just as they do every year, and everything will be carefully stored for the next Turkey Bar-B-Q. Turkeys will be cooking on the third Saturday in June in the Aneta City Park and we hope to be around to enjoy it