Help feed fellow Southern Utahns this holiday season by participating in annual Turkey Trot, festival

In this file photo, runners participate in the Turkey Trot, St. George, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the city of St. George, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — After its cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seegmiller Farm Festival and Turkey Trot return this weekend, providing an opportunity for participants to help feed fellow Southern Utah families this holiday season.

In this file photo, the Zamora family poses in their matching turkey shirts at the St. George Races Turkey Trot held at Seegmiller Farm, St. George, Utah, Nov. 18, 2017 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

According to a press release issued by the city of St. George, the Seegmiller Farm Harvest Festival and Turkey Trot will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Hela Seegmiller Historical Farm, located at 2592 S. 3000 E., in St. George.

“After the long wait since our last Turkey Trot in 2019, we are thrilled to have it back in person in the crisp, cool autumn air,” Aaron Metler, recreation manager for races and events, said in the release. “It’s a pleasure to see people of all ages in our community come together to enjoy some exercise while helping those in need.”

Participants need only to bring $5 and five cans of food (kids 12 and under are free with a five-can donation) and then choose between a 5-kilometer or 1-mile run. All food collected will be distributed to the Utah Food Bank.

There is also a no-cost virtual option with a five-can donation for those interested. All in-person finishers will receive a race medal.

Pumpkin pies are devoured during the pie eating contest at the Seegmiller Farm Harvest Festival and Turkey Trot, St. George, Utah, Nov. 18, 2017 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

“Our community has grown stronger than ever in spite of the challenges we have experienced throughout the past year,” Metler said. “We know everyone is eager to get back out there. I have no doubt that we will exceed our record of 2,050 pounds of food collected.”

The Harvest Festival, featuring pioneer games, dancing, pie-eating contests and prize giveaways – including frozen turkeys – will take place following the race at about 10:30 a.m.

Registration will remain open until the start of the race. Participants can sign up here.

Find more information about the event online.

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