Turkey dinner slated for Super Bowl Sunday

Offering hot plates of turkey and dressing, a side of live music and a dessert of fellowship this Sunday, Feb. 2, just prior to the Super Bowl will be the annual Fredericksburg Independent School District (FISD) Band Boosters Turkey Dinner.

Dining in at the annual affair inside the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or until sold out) will come with the bonus of live music and prize drawings, while a drive-through lane just outside will offer the convenience of “to-go” service for those who want to show their support to this community’s music program, but cannot stay.

Either way, organizers of this year’s event are expecting to draw just as large a crowd or larger than in years past. That’s saying something since the local band turkey dinner is considered by many to be one of the largest fundraisers of its kind in the state.

“We are very fortunate to have a community that understands the importance of a fine arts education for the youth of Fredericksburg,” said FISD’s director of bands, John Rauschuber. He added he is always “amazed” at the outpouring of support by the community at each year’s turkey dinner.

As is tradition, a volunteer line will serve plates of turkey, dressing, gravy, noodles, green beans, cranberry sauce, bread and homemade cake. Coffee and tea will also be available for on-site diners.

Advance dinner tickets are available for purchase from any band member at a cost of $9 apiece. Cost for the dinner plates goes up to $10 each at the door for those who choose to wait until the event day.

Take-away meals are packaged up on the spot and served to motorists in the drive-through lane. Those wishing to take advantage of the to-go lane should proceed through the designated area at the fair grounds’ main entrance just off Texas Highway 16 South.

Those who wish to dine in, but who are concerned about the walk from the parking lot need not worry, organizers said, since transportation will be provided for those in need.

In addition to helping pay for band equipment, plus trips and props used by the high school marching band and guards, this year’s event proceeds will help fund a trip planned by the high school band.

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