Through the years, the Enquirer explained, turkeys subjected to the Yellville turkey drop have slammed into power lines, telephone poles, office buildings, and trees:
The turkey drop was the highlight of Yellville's annual October Turkey Trot Festival, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Festival chairwoman Janie Purdom told the Enquirer:
However, the Enquirer called the turkey drop "sick," a "bizarre Arkansas celebration," and a "Festival of Death." These words, together with the photographs, produced such an outcry around the country that the Yellville Chamber of Commerce cancelled its sponsorship of the turkey drop in 1990. Had the Enquirer chosen instead to represent the turkey drop as a "charming" or "quaint" American tradition, it might still be going on.
Turkey Trot Days at Oliver Hall's Store in Collinsville, Alabama
A similar entertainment took place in Collinsville, Alabama, which each year held a "turkey trot," along with the more ominous sounding "turkey drop."  In the turkey trot, derived from driving turkeys to slaughter on foot, as discussed in Chapter 4 [of More Than a Meal], Collinsville residents chased turkeys, chickens, ducks, and geese through the streets with brooms and other farm and household implements. According to the Alabama Review: