Worthington native Rick Brandl has been named featured speaker for the annual King Turkey Day festival scheduled for Sept. 16.
Brandl is an alumnus of Worthington High School who graduated with the Class of 1977. With a $50,000 donation to District 518, he is championing the effort and is the main force behind the Trojan Legacy Wall project at Trojan Field on the WHS campus. The wall is an opportunity to provide support to Trojan extracurriculars and to put pride on display at Trojan Field for the life of the existing facility.
Brandl, who serves as vice president of technical service for Medtronic, resides in Boulder, Colorado. He visits annually to give out the Lambert Brandl Distance Running Scholarships, named for his father, to two WHS seniors. He still runs five days a week and also plays volleyball.
Brandl will speak to the crowd from the Fourth Avenue and 10th Street stage at 1 p.m. and then serve as flagman for the running of the Great Gobbler Gallop turkey race between Paycheck, the fastest bird of the northland, against Ruby Begonia, the pride of Texas. Following his address and the Great Gobbler Gallop, Brandl will ride as guest of honor in the parade.
Other features on this year’s King Turkey Day schedule of events include free pancakes to all comers, a 10k and a 5k foot race, a 5k walk, turkey dinners, a duck race, a Johnny Holm Band concert and many more fun and exciting activities.