• By Calli Delsman

Events for Thanksgiving offered around Minot

Thanksgiving is a holiday where people spend time with their loved ones and honor what they are thankful for.

For many Minot State students, going home and being with family isn’t always an option. There are alternatives around Minot that can help people feel a sense of hominess and love with the people they do have access to.

One common alternative for Thanksgiving is what is most known as Friendsgiving, where those unable to see their family get together with friends and enjoy a potluck. Anna Dykeman from Lutheran Campus Ministry talked about their tradition of Friendsgiving, scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving.

“We have gathered for a potluck meal, games, and a short worship service centered on thankfulness. We are working on how to do this virtually this year,” Dykeman said.

Along with this event, there are many other options around Minot that offer Thanksgiving meals and other activities. The Minot Air Force Base plans to host their annual Day of Love for senior citizens.

The event will take place at Jimmy Dolittle Center on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This is also a great opportunity for students to volunteer by helping serve, clean, and set up for the event. If interested, volunteers should contact Susan Wagers at (701) 723-6718.

Other than actual turkey dinners, there are also other events for those who don’t tend to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving. One of those options is the Magic City Turkey Trot.

Hosted by Magic City Syncho, the third annual Magic City Turkey Trot offers a one-mile fun run/walk and 5k run/walk. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Dakota Bark Park, located at 705 Highway 83 Bypass West in Minot.

The event also offers T-shirts for the first 150 preregistered entrants and medals for anyone who participates. To make it a fun experience, they encourage runners to dress up in their best turkey costume. Prizes will be given out for best dressed and most spirited runners. You can also enter a raffle to win a Thanksgiving pie.

More information about the event can be found on the Magic City Turkey Trot Facebook page.

Thanksgiving should be a day that everyone can enjoy, regardless of location and whether family is present or not. There are many different options to choose from in addition to the events discussed here. Check out organizations like We Call Minot Home and the Lord’s Cupboard food pantry to see other events being hosted around Minot this Thanksgiving.

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