Community Thanksgiving serves 350 people at the state fairgrounds

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(Fairlea) A community thanksgiving at the state fair grounds in Greenbrier County is making sure that everyone has a dinner to go to.

At the Blue Ribbon Center over 50 volunteers prepared food for 350 people. It’s the fifth year this community thanksgiving has been put together.

A lot goes into the dinner including over 24 pumpkin pies, 150 lbs of mashed potatoes, 100 lbs of sweet potatoes, 12 pans of stuffing, and twenty turkeys. “So we were up at 3 o’clock this morning switching turkeys. We had ten, we took ten out. We put ten more in the smoker,” said Kellen Leef the owner of When Pigs Fly BBQ who organized the dinner.

Kellen went on to explain why they host the dinner saying. “We feel that the community, there is a need. Maybe people don’t have family to come and visit on Thanksgiving, and it’s depressing to be alone. So we want to fill that need and have them here for an enjoyable time and maybe find some friends and have a nice dinner.”
Families in the community are grateful saying, “They just ask for donations and they’ve got servers. It’s just a nice community atmosphere.”

Haley Brown

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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