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Turkey Day ’23: It’s Not A Turkey Day Game Without Chili Contests, Pep Rallies & Bonfires

Tickets, which will be sold in time slots, are $12 for adults and $5 for students K-12. Tickets can be purchased at kirkwoodschools.org/chilibowl. Tickets, which already have been half sold for this event, can only be purchased online in advance for this limited-ticket event.

Each ticket includes a chili sample from each participating restaurant, plus a hot dog, drink and ice cream. Sample chili from local restaurants and vote for your favorite.

This year’s participating restaurants include: Amigo’s Cantina, Anthonino’s Taverna, Billy G’s, BrickTop’s, Casa De Tres Reyes, Crushed Red Honey Bee’s Biscuits + Good Eats, Pioneer Bakery and Taco Buddha. Several of the restaurants will provide a vegetarian chili option.

Tables for dining will be set up throughout the indoor and outdoor common areas, but attendees can also bring their own lawn chairs. 

The chili bowl will be followed by the Turkey Day Pep Rally beginning at 7 p.m. in the David Holley Assembly Hall, followed by a traditional bonfire on the football field. All community members are invited to attend.

Webster’s Best Chili Fest 

The Webster Groves High School Parent’s Club will host the annual Webster’s Best Chili Fest on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Webster Groves High School cafeteria and courtyard, 100 Selma Ave.

Tickets for adults are $13 (chili only) and $17 (chili, plus hot dog and drink). Tickets for students are $6 (chili only) and $10 (chili, plus hot dog and drink). Tickets can be purchased at wgsd.info/chilifest. Tickets, which are selling fast, can only be purchased online in advance for this limited-ticket event.

Each ticket allows attendees to taste all chili samples and vote for their favorite professional and amateur entries.

Amateurs are comprised of parents from the classes of 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027. The professional entries will include chili from Webster Groves restaurants The Parkmoor, Madrina, Highway 61 Roadhouse, Robust, Llywelyn’s Pub, O+O Pizza, and Wok and Roll.

The chili fest will be followed by the  Turkey Day Pep Rally beginning at 7 p.m. in Roberts Gym at Webster Groves High School. There will not be a bonfire this year because the high school’s Kopplin Field is under construction.

Turkey Day Hockey Game 

The Kirkwood High School Pioneers will play the Webster Groves High School Skatesmen on Friday, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex Ice Rink, 33 E. Glendale Road.

41st Annual K-W Turkey Day Run

The tradition lives on with the 41st annual Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Run on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.

Choose a three-mile or six-mile course beginning at the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, 150 E. Argonne Drive in Downtown Kirkwood. The three-mile run begins at 7:30 a.m. and the six-mile run begins at 8:10 a.m. Both routes will take runners through the communities of Kirkwood and Webster Groves. Participants also have the option to run virtually.

Advance registration for all races is $25. Race day registration is $35. The first 4,000 participants to register will receive a giveaway.

The annual Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Run is co-sponsored by the Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department, Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department and Big River Running.

Show Your Turkey Day Spirit

The week of Thanksgiving, those in both the Kirkwood and Webster Groves communities are invited to share their Kirkwood Pioneer and Webster Groves Statesmen pride by joining the school districts in the following: 

Tacky Day — Monday, Nov. 20

Everyone is invited to wear the color of their rivals. Those in the Webster Groves School District and Webster Groves community will sport the red and white of the Kirkwood Pioneers. 

Those in the Kirkwood School District and Kirkwood community will be wearing the orange and black of the Webster Groves Statesmen.

Spirit Day — Tuesday, Nov. 21

Throughout the school districts and communities, everyone is encouraged to wear their school colors — black and orange for Webster Groves and the Webster Groves High School Statesmen, and red and white for Kirkwood and the Kirkwood High School Pioneers.

Additional, students and staff at both high schools decorate their school with Turkey Day spirit and themes. 

Students at Webster Groves High School will have a pep rally at the end of the school day featuring the annual senior line dance to celebrate their Statesmen spirit.

The traditional Kirkwood High School hall decorations will be on display at the start of the school day.  Visitors need to check in at the Welcome Center off Dougherty Ferry to view the hallway decorations or attend the pep rally. 

Students at Kirkwood High School will close out the school day with a pep assembly in the David Holley Assembly Hall at 1:40 p.m. The pep rally will be live streamed on the KHS Athletic YouTube page at youtube.com/channel/UCGuC6bx_-701CR4XRaHt1GA.

How To Buy Your Tickets

Tickets for the annual Turkey Day football game are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. Admission is free for children 6 and under. 

Tickets can be purchased on the Kirkwood High School Athletics website at kirkwoodschools.org/khsathletics. Select “Kirkwood Presale General Admission” for proceeds to stay in Kirkwood, or “Webster Presale General Admission” for proceeds to stay in Webster.

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Kirkwood High Athletic Office or the Kirkwood High Welcome Center (cash or check only) through Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Proceeds from tickets sold at the gate are divided between Kirkwood and Webster Groves.

Source : Times Newspaper