Turkeys, 5Ks, and Costumes, Oh My!

Written by: Ani Metzger

One of Granville’s most enchanting characteristics is its community members’ devotion to their hometown, which is why Granville is a town of thriving traditions, new and old.  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church organizes the Turkey Trot every Thanksgiving.  This year's Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th at 9:30 am on Broadway in Downtown Granville.  The Trot has been a tradition since 2005 and grows in attendance and participation annually.  In 2015, roughly 2,500 Granvillians came out to walk, run, and watch the festive 5K.  The Trot was founded on two central goals: raising funds to aid the Food Pantry Network of Licking County and uniting the Granville community to serve those in need while strengthening our community’s bond.  In 2015, attendees raised $110,000 for the food pantry.  The Granville Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Trot as a lead sponsor in support of such a wonderful cause.

     This year’s Trot will look a little different than in years past, thanks to the Granville Community Foundation.  Seeking to involve more community members than ever before, the Foundation is organizing the first annual "Dress-like-a-Turkey-for-a-Ham" Costume Contest. Contestants, young and old, are encouraged to show off their festive side by dressing up as turkeys or as their favorite Thanksgiving character.  The winner will receive a $50 Honeybaked Ham gift certificate to enjoy as they break bread and give thanks with family and friends.  The contest is open to all Granvillians, trotters and observers, alike!  The Foundation's President, Josh Sanders, and board member, Vince Paumier, will manage the contest, but the crowd's applause will serve as ultimate judge in deciding a winner.  We look forward to seeing your Thursday best!

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