About Eastham Turnip Festival...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 use expanded 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, 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!