Merriam’s annual Turkey Creek Festival draws thousands to Antioch Park on a perfect Saturday

Percussion Magic delighted kids of all ages Saturday morning at the Merriam Turkey Creek Festival.
Percussion Magic delighted kids of all ages Saturday morning at the Merriam Turkey Creek Festival.

Approximately 6,000 people filled Antioch Park on Saturday for Merriam’s annual Turkey Creek Festival.

The park wasn’t the only draw on a perfect day for the festival. The 5K run that went through downtown Merriam from the Merriam Marketplace set a record for attendance for the third year in a row. The 376 runners were joined by approximately 250 spectators that gathered for the morning event.

A new addition to the festival, Percussion Magic, had the younger set mesmerized this year. A photo booth also was a new addition, said Merriam Parks Director Anna Slocum. The traditional paddleboat rides, crafts, petting zoo, food booths and music drew a steady stream of festival-goers to the park all day.

The paddleboat rides were again a popular feature at the festival.
The paddleboat rides were again a popular feature at the festival.