Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Steamboat Springs If preparing a holiday dinner for a family of four can turn into an all-day affair, just imagine the work needed to feed a table of 400 guests.
For the last decade, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors has created its own local holiday tradition, which will continue today with the 11th annual community Christmas feast.
This year's feast, held at the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Lincoln Avenue, will feature at least 20 turkeys, 20 hams, 10 gallons of gravy and countless side dishes, salads, drinks and desserts.
Up to 100 volunteers will take part in the effort, including entertainers, greeters, servers and cleaners.
"It's a collective effort of people from the community spending the day together, joining together and giving thanks four our blessings," said Karen Hughes, the organizer of today's feast. "We live in a beautiful place and I think we're all just happy to be here."
About 350 people attended last year's dinner, and Hughes said she expects at least that many to turn out today.
Locals and tourists alike are welcome to attend the free meal.
Live entertainment will run throughout the feast, which begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.