by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff
If you were to mention a “Turkey Trot,” others might think of the nearly ubiquitous types of foot races in local communities. These are often used for making room for or mitigating the resultant weight from the annual Thanksgiving feast. But a search of Delaware papers brought something unexpected to the fore.According to the Evening Journal of January 23, 1913, the Turkey Trot was a popular dance at the inauguration of Governor Charles Miller. Alas, the Turkey Trot turned out to be a fad dance and gave way to the more enduring Fox Trot. The description on the Library of Congress blog page of the Turkey Trot seems to indicate that some of the steps may have survived in modern Quickstep, which itself is derivative from Fox Trot. Nevertheless, those attending the inauguration had such fun with the Turkey Trot that a competition was held to see who was the best and most creative dancer. Miss Moore and Mr. Green were deemed the winners of the contest.