Turkey dinner in its 119th year
SHABBONA – In 1893, the Shabbona United Church of Christ, known then as the Shabbona Congregational Church, held a 25-cent chicken dinner and a 15-cent supper the Thursday before Thanksgiving. A few years later, the main course changed to turkey and it became an annual Thursday-before-Thanksgiving event.
Generations of families have been a part of this event in the life of this church. There are many second- and third-generation members who tell of their grandparents and great-grandparents taking part in the early turkey dinner tradition.
The 119th annual dinner and country bazaar will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15. The bazaar will begin at 3 p.m. in the fireside room off the church sanctuary, 104 E. Navaho St. in Shabbona. It will feature homemade baked goods and handmade country crafts.The dinner will be served in the church dining room from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 10. Children younger than 5 eat free. Families can pick up generously-sized carryouts from 4 to 6 p.m. for $10 each.
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