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St. Joe to have annual turkey dinner Sunday

It’s time to think turkey. And all the trimmings.

The annual Ironton Catholic Schools turkey dinner will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday in the St. Joseph Church undercroft. The dinner has been an Ironton institution for nearly 30 years.

“We’re hoping for good weather,” Ironton Catholic Schools Development Director Sissy Clyse said. “We generally have 1,000-1,200 carryout dinners and usually 700-800 meals eaten at the church.”

Volunteers will prepare and then carve up 82 turkeys weighing 22-24 pounds each (do the math: That’s 1,886 pounds of gobbly). They will also prepare and serve 102 five-pound cans of green beans, plus mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, hot rolls and homemade desserts.

A small army of volunteers— that means parents, church faithful and even the students— will take part in the some way in the event. Some will prepare the food, others will set tables or prepare carryout orders, and still others will be around Sunday evening to clean up afterward. The children at St. Lawrence Elementary will make the table decorations and students serve the meals that are eaten at the church.

The proceeds pay for various school expenses throughout the year.

In addition to the lure of a good meal, there will be a raffles for the Nov. 10 OSU-Illinois game tickets, a gift certificate from a touch of grace, items from Weber’s Florist and a Longaberger basket.