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Hayden, Steamboat Springs prepare for Thanksgiving feasts

This year's Community Thanksgiving Dinner is from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

— The communities of Hayden and Steamboat Springs are ready to crank up the ovens for their free Thanksgiving feasts.

In Steamboat Springs, many food donations still are needed to feed the hundreds of hungry residents and visitors that are expected to attend the Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

“We have a lot of turkey but not side dishes right now,” United Way’s Patti Bollenbacher said. “To be honest, this is how it always is, but it always comes together.”

In Hayden, the turkey, stuffing and gravy are provided for the fourth annual Hayden Thanksgiving Dinner being held at the Hayden American Legion across from Hayden Town Park on Third Street. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the meal will start at about 2 p.m. Those who want to attend are asked to bring a dish to share.

“Come one, come all,” said Debby Shaw, who helps organize the dinner. “It’s just a ruckus good time.”

About 60 people attended the Hayden dinner last year, and Shaw said they are hoping to feed 80 people Thursday. She said it would help if people let the organizers know they are coming by calling 970-276-4778.

In Steamboat, volunteers served 800 plates of food last year.

“It’s for everybody,” Bollenbacher said. “A lot of community members come out, and they just enjoy being around a lot of people and the spirit of the holidays.”

Bollenbacher said they have all the volunteers they need to help serve food. People can see what food items are needed by visiting the United Way website at http://www.routtcountyunitedway.org. Those who would like to donate food can sign up on the website or call the United Way at 970-879-5605. The cooked food should be dropped off in disposable containers from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Center.

In addition to food, organizers still are trying to locate volunteers who might want to play music at the event.

New this year, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council volunteers will be collecting the waste so it can be composted.

“We’re trying to be green this year,” Bollenbacher said. “Other than plastic ware, everything can be composted.”

Also this year, a student from Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus culinary school will be managing the kitchen.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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