Turkey Week 2018
The first officially recorded Thanksgiving Day football game between Kirkwood High School (KHS) and neighboring Webster Groves High School (WGHS) was held in 1907. Since then, with only a few exceptions, the two schools have met each year on the football field to compete for the “Turkey Day Championship” and the coveted Frisco Bell trophy. More than just a football game, Turkey Day has become a celebration of spirit and pride for both communities.
In anticipation of the 2018 football game, KHS students and alumni will begin the “Turkey Day Game” countdown in November with special activities throughout the month and during Spirit Week.
KSD Spirit Week
Monday, Nov. 19 –Tacky Day: KSD students and staff wear orange and black, Webster’s colors, to school.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Spirit Day: Students and staff wear the school colors red and white to show “Pioneer Pride.” The KHS Pep Assembly in the David Holley Assembly Hall closes out the school day on Tuesday.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Nipher Turkey Trot
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 5-7:30 p.m - Kirkwood School District Foundation Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off:
KSD Foundation will host the 22nd annual Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off in the KHS Walker Commons and Cafeteria. Community members are invited to sample chili prepared by area restaurants and vote for the best chili in town.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, K-12. Proceeds from the KSDF Chili Bowl Cook-Off benefit KSD students and staff. Ticket price includes chili, beverage, hot dog and dessert. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting kirkwoodfoundation.org.
Special thanks to these local businesses for their generous donations:
Bello’s Bakery, Breadsmith, Chartwells, The Daily Bread Bakery and Café, Foster’s Frozen Custard, Kirkwood Deli & Grocery, P’sghetti’s Pasta and Sandwiches, Raising Cane’s (Des Peres) and Tropical Moose.
Taste the best chili in town and vote for your favorite from:
- Amigos Cantina
- Billy G’s
- Café Provencal
- The Corner Butcher
- Dalie’s Smokehouse
- The Geyer Inn
- Jason’s Deli
- Texas Roadhouse
This year, KSDF is partnering with Kirkcare. Chili Bowl attendees are encouraged to bring donations of hearty soups, and canned meats. Collection receptacles will be located on the two main entrances to the Walker Commons. Please drop off donated items upon entering the building. Kirkcare is a nonprofit organization providing Kirkwood area residents with food and utility assistance.
Immediately following Chili Bowl:
Pep Rally in KHS Varsity Gym/David Holley Assembly Hall followed by the traditional bonfire on the field behind the David Holley Assembly Hall.
Alumni from the cheerleading squad and dance team are invited to cheer and dance with the current squad during the assembly Wednesday evening.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. – Turkey Day Football Alumni Breakfast
Join the 2018 KHS Football team at 8 a.m. in the KHS Cafeteria, 801 West Essex, for the annual Turkey Day Football Breakfast. The event is not just for former players but also for all family members, booster supporters and fans. Tickets are $15 per person.
This year, we will share fond memories and pay tribute to Coach Curry. Coach Curry was inducted into the KHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. Coach Curry passed away in October. And, in rich Pioneer tradition, we will also honor the 2018 Kirkwood Pioneer Varsity football team. RSVP to Chuck Fuszner: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-805-3661.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. – KHS Wrestling Alumni and Girls Cross Country Team
Current members and alumni of the KHS Wrestling team and Girls Cross Country team are invited to run in the 36th Annual Kirkwood Webster Turkey Day Run in downtown Kirkwood. Meet at the Kirkwood Train Station at 7:15 AM and the 3-mile race starts at 7:30 AM. The Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department and the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department sponsor the run. To register, visit: http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/content/City-Departments/2339/turkey-day-run.aspx
Thursday, Nov. 22, Noon – Thanksgiving Day and Turkey Day Game
Kickoff for the main event—the Turkey Day Game—is at noon at Moss Field in Webster Groves. Tickets are available in all KSD schools and the District’s central office now through November 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from advances tickets sold in Kirkwood are contributed to KHS programs. Proceeds from tickets sold at the gate are divided between Kirkwood and Webster Groves. Tickets are $7 in advance for everyone and $10 at the gate. Kids six and under get in free. Cash or checks may be made payable to “KHS”. We do not accept credit. For additional information, please call the KHS Athletic Dept. at 314-213-6116.
Friday, Nov. 23, 3:30 p.m. – KHS Water Polo Alumni Games
All KHS water polo alumni and friends are invited to participate in the annual Turkey Day Water Polo Game on Friday, November 23, at 3:30 (warm-ups begin at 3:00). The event will be held at the Walker Natatorium at KHS. To register for the game, please contact Larry Stream at 314-920-0250.
Saturday, November 24, noon – Alumni Turkey Day Game and Party
Football alumni are invited to the annual alumni football game at E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium at KHS. Participants are asked to wear their old jersey or wear red and white. A post-game party will be held at J Greene’s Pub, 10017 Manchester Rd., from 2-5 p.m. For additional information or questions, please contact Shawn Green at 314-540-3444 or ShawnBGreen@yahoo.com