Turkey Dinner & Festival

October 27, 2013

The annual Turkey Dinner has grown to become one of the school’s most vital fundraisers attracting not only the parish community but also those throughout Fredericksburg. This event has been a tradition for over 45 years. The Turkey Dinner is held in late October and requires an army of volunteers to set up, prepare and coordinate the dinner, paddle wheel, raffle and carnival for everyones enjoyment.

Dinner:
The turkeys are slow roasted over hot coals overnight and served with gravy, coleslaw, dressing, green beans, bread and home-baked cake. Recipes perfected over the years are sure to please. To accompany the delicious fare, guests can enjoy iced tea, lemonade and visit the Biergarten. In addition to the sit down option, the Turkey Dinner also provides a drive-thru service for those on the go wanting to eat at home.

Carnival:
Children attending the event will enjoy the carnival consisting of various games with prizes, jumping castles, face painting, book fair, and more. Gently used toys are collected throughout the year and used as prizes. Visitors to the carnival can purchase an “all-you-canplay” wristband or individual tickets. Either way, kids come home with big smiles.

Raffle and Paddle Wheel:
One of the highlights of the day is the paddle wheel. Here’s how it works. There are TONS of paddle wheel items. The donated items are put into prize packages and read off by the MC. You raise your hand if you want to “buy a paddle” for this prize. The SMS Cheerleaders race around bringing the paddles to those who wish to purchase a chance to win. When all the paddles are sold, the paddle wheel spins. The winner is announced, the paddles are collected and the next prize comes up for auction. This goes on for a good part of the day and you’d be amazed at how addicting it is. Depending on the prize being raffled, paddle cost ranges between $1 and $5. Interested in the traditional raffle? Although prizes are not awarded at the dinner (they are notified later), the list of prizes is well worth buying in for a chance to win. Tickets may be purchased before and during the event.

Volunteers:
All of this would not be possible without amazing volunteers. To help in any way with the Turkey Dinner, please contact Barry Beyer, our PTC President, at stmarysptc@yahoo.com

To see photos from the 2010 Turkey Dinner, click here.