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Members of the King Turkey Day Race Team include Captain Jason Johnson (seated), and Handler Darcy Poppema (back, from left), Coach Susanne Murphy and Handler Dawn Teerink.



Jason Johnson is excited to be on the 2023 Turkey Day Race Team! Jason owns and operates Tri State Truck Wash. He lives in Worthington with his wife, Jean, and kids, Dalton and Skyla, who are grown and off on their adventure of life! He likes to travel, go to sporting events, play with his dogs, and turkey race! "It’s an honor to have been part of the KTD board and now race team for the last 10 years.  I’m happy to be a representative for the 50th annual Great Gobble Gallup!"





Dawn Teerink is honored and excited to be a handler on the 2023 King Turkey Day Race Team! She was part of the King Turkey Day Board of Directors for 2 terms.  Dawn is a first grade teacher at Prairie Elementary School. She is married to Jesse Teerink, a former King Turkey Day Race Team member.  They have 2 sons, Kaden, 17 and Carter, 10. She enjoys attending her sons baseball games and spending time with family. Go Paycheck Go!

Darcy Poppema has loved everything about King Turkey Day since she was a child. She finished serving two terms on the King Turkey Day Board of Directors last year and is now excited to be one of Paychecks handlers on the 2023 race team. Darcy is a daycare provider in Worthington. She and her husband, Todd have 4 grown children Dustin, Amanda, Mathew and Colton. They have also been blessed with 8 amazing grandchildren. She enjoys anything that involves spending time with her friends and family!



Susanne Murphy is committed to KTD - serving as president twice, on the board and racing Paycheck - all with pride and honor. Ran an excavation company after being widowed - loving the opportunity to make a difference. Before embarking on a new journey soon, my energy is spent enjoying the pond on my acreage, pets with personalities, the tenderness of hospice, and volunteering with friends who have a sense of humor. We remember, this is "All because two turkeys raced".

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