2016 Turnip Festival - Saturday, November 19 1-4 PM
Save the date!

2015 Turnip Festival Highlights
Everyone had so much fun at this year's Festival!
Here we share some of the highlights:

A Lower Cape TV Feature: Turnip-topia from Teresa Martin on Vimeo.

  Countdown to the 2016 Eastham Turnip Festival
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Here We G-R-O-W
Saturday, November 21, 2015      1 – 4 p.m.
Nauset Regional High School

Printable Program Brochure

Here We GROW !
The word is on the street. Eastham Turnips are Tops! To accommodate their growing turnip fan club, Eastham Library staff are thrilled to announce that this year’s Turnip Festival will useexpanded space at Nauset Regional High School. The festivities will be set up in both the cafeteria AND gym, more than doubling the event’s venue size. So save the date, the festivities will take place on Saturday, November 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

What new this year? Organizers are locating a dance floor in front of the live entertainment
(Higher Ground String Band) for those who would like to shake it loose and try a turnip two-step.
Turnip line dancing is also on tap. A professional sound system will better amplify the music and
announcements in the gym, and our town videographer, will broadcast happenings in the gym to
a large screen in the cafeteria.

The gym will also house an expanded harvest marketplace featuring, first and foremost,
the Eastham Turnip. Other Thanksgiving fare will include locally grown fruits and vegetables
(cranberries, apples, winter squash, potatoes) as well as honey, jams, seasonal pies and
breads. With local hand crafters and artisans on hand to sell their wares, this is the perfect place
to purchase a Thanksgiving hostess gift (such as seasonal candles, floral bouquets or
arrangements) or get a jump on upcoming holiday gift shopping. And of course, turnip
merchandise will be on sale including hats, tees, magnets and a highly anticipated turnip
cookbook!  The Trustees have established a Vendor Policy Statement to help maintain the
local harvest and literary character of our the Festival. 

The cafeteria will be the site for the annual Cook-Off, with the public invited to sample tasty
turnip treats and cast votes for the People’s Choice Award (information on how to enter your
long treasured turnip recipe or newly created turnip sensation will be posted shortly on the
library website www.easthamlibrary.org ... just click on the turnip logo.
More lunch concessions will be available this year as well as additional tables set up for dining. The Photo Contest entries will be on display.  This year's theme is "Frozen Eastham."
Prizes will be awarded in two divisions, adult (18 and over) and youth (under 18). 
The competition is open to all area shutterbugs, from novice to professional.  The back half of the cafeteria will be the kid’s Turn Up for Fun Zone, with live entertainment
(Trevor the Juggler), face painting, perennial favorite games like Turnip Bowling, a Mr. Turnip
Head decorating contest (where every turnip is a winner!) and arts & crafts. New this year, a
Turnip Tumble game with a chance to win prizes and a newly built garden patch enclosure for
our ring toss game. We will also introduce an usual contraption constructed from a stationary
bike. Kids pedal, which spins an attached cylinder holding paper and paint, and voilà ...
incredible spin art is created!

Try your luck at guessing the weight of this year’s Enormous Turnip, witness the crowning
moment as we announce this year’s Turnip King (or Turnip Queen), and root for your favorite
contestant in the Shuck Off Contest (yes, watch those peels fly!). Oh, there is SO much more
FUN in store at the 12th annual Turnip Festival!

This harvest celebration is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the
Eastham Library along with Seamen’s Bank and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.

For more information, go to www.easthamlibrary.org or contact Marianne SInopoli at
msinopoli@clamsnet.org or 508-240-5950.


Multiple choice question of the harvest season: What is a Turnip Shuck-Off? Answer:
A competition to determine A) who can say “Aw-Shucks” ten times in less than five seconds
without becoming tongue tied, B) who has the most turnip appeal, or C) who can peel an
Eastham Turnip the fastest. As folks in Eastham will tell you, ‘C’ is the correct response!


Yes, turnip fun abounds in Eastham, home of that most delectable of all root vegetables ...
the Eastham Turnip! This year’s Shuck-Off, a turnip fan favorite at the annual Turnip Festival,
will determine who can peel a tuber in record time. 


To become a shuck-off contestant, one must first enter a drawing held at the Eastham Library,
organizers of the Turnip Fest. Simply stop by the Library (2510 State Highway, Eastham) to
fill out an entry slip or call the Library at 508-240-5950. The friendly folks at the Library
would be happy to add your name to the turnip jar.


Three lucky contestants will be drawn on Thursday, November 19th. Each will receive a 
hand-decorated turnip motif apron and the chance to vie for top honors on Turnip Festival Day, 
Saturday, November 21st. To add to the excitement, this year’s Shuck-Off competition will be
commentated by Dunes Radio 102.3!


Please note: Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter the drawing.


For more information contact Marianne Sinopoli at msinopoli@clamsnet.org or 508-240-5950.

Turnip festival highlights from Town of Eastham

Grand Prize Winning Recipes
Curried Coconut Turnip Soup (2013) submitted by Julie Allen Hamilton
Everyone Turned Up at the Eastham Turnip Festival!

A Lower Cape TV Feature: Turnip-topia from Teresa Martin on Vimeo.

Anton Anderson created a  Facebook Album "Friends of EPL Presents: Turnip Festival 2014" so if you weren't able to Turn Up...

Read the story by Brian Tarcy on CapeCod Wave

If you were unable to attend the festivities last Saturday, here are the lyrics to the Rap that the Junior Library Club performed, bringing the house down!

Thank you to all our Friends, Volunteers, Turnip Committee Members, Judges and Turnip Chair Marianne Sinopoli for your hard work, creativity and a Fantastic and Unforgettable Day!