Sterling Community Continues Thanksgiving Tradition

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Sterling community came together Thursday to continue a more than three-decade-old Thanksgiving tradition.

It's a feast that brings in and serves hundreds, from near and far.

"We started about 7:30 this morning getting food warmed, getting desserts sliced and getting lines ready," said event organizer Carol Froese.

For more than 30 years, the town of Sterling has had a Thanksgiving tradition.

"Normally we serve about 500 to 600 people," Froese said. "Maybe more this year because of the economy."

The people of Sterling come together to host a feast, hundreds of volunteers make the event possible and all of the food is donated by local organizations and community members.

"They just show up," Froese said. "I mean everybody serving on that line is family."

Natives say the community dinner has become a tradition in Sterling, making the whole town feel like one big family.

"We come here every Thanksgiving," said Sterling resident Taryn Gillespie. "It's a family tradition. Everyone knows everyone and you can pretty much talk to anyone and be fine and everyone come out to do stuff like this and it's pretty awesome."

It' just feels good to look around and see people that you know and, you know, it's like hometown," said Judy Mayes.

Meals are delivered to area shut-ins as well, so no one is left out. The people of Sterling say they hope one of the biggest feasts in Kansas goes on for years to come.

"I probably won't be here for another 33 years," Froese joked. "But, yeah, it's something that will keep going as long as people volunteer."

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