Thanksgiving in Columbus is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Columbus and one opportunity to give back to others.
Columbus Thanksgiving Events Map
Columbus Turkey Trot
Runners who participate in the "Original" Columbus Turkey Trot won't have to feel guilty enjoying their big Thanksgiving feast later that day. Held on Thanksgiving morning for more than 20 years and voted "Best Hometown Favorite" by Runner's World magazine, this race offers a five-mile and a two-mile format. Part of the $35 or $40 entrance fee benefits the Easter Seals' fight to end autism. The five-mile run goes through the Ohio State University campus, and the two-mile Walk 'N Talk has a separate course. Participants begin at the shops on Lane Avenue. All runners can find out how well they did by checking their time on the Internet. The first 1,000 men and the first 1,000 women take home a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert, and everyone who enters receives a long-sleeved T-shirt.
Amazing Graze Farm
The Amazing Graze Farm, located about one hour northeast of Columbus, offers pasture-raised turkeys to buy during Thanksgiving week. Though not a certified organic farm, Amazing Graze does not use chemicals on its produce, and the poultry is moved daily to thrive on sunshine, fresh air, bugs and grass. Thanksgiving turkeys are raised on natural feed that contains neither additives nor hormones. Amazing Graze Farm also sells herbs, soaps, free-range eggs, baked goods and a variety of kitchen supplies and bakeware at its general store.
Volunteer: Mid-Ohio Foodbank
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is part of Feeding America, the largest nongovernmental hunger-relief organization in the country. Mid-Ohio Foodbank works with grocery stores, food companies, farmers and the United States Department of Agriculture to obtain and distribute food to soup kitchens and food pantries in central and eastern Ohio. Volunteers are needed to sort and package food and prepare it for delivery. Many people volunteer before Thanksgiving and continue to help throughout the year. Volunteers should be able to lift boxes that weigh 10 to 20 pounds. Students 13 and older can volunteer on the Thursdays before Thanksgiving by signing up online. The student shift is normally in the early evening. Adults can volunteer Monday through Friday.
Thanksgiving In Columbus: Video
A promotional video for Mid-Ohio Foodbank explains how they can feed a family of four for $4 a day.
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