Knights of Columbus host 40th annual Thanksgiving Dinner
RAPID CITY, S.D.– An annual Thanksgiving tradition in Rapid City is still going strong after 40 years. The 40th annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner took place Thursday afternoon at Saint Thomas More High School.
Volunteers helped serve dozens of turkey or ham dinners with all the trimmings. The Knights haven’t missed a year since 1982, even opting to do drive-thru meals last year during COVID concerns.
This year however, they were happy to bring things back indoors to a packed house. Chairman for the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner Fred Bearendse says, “We’re having a wonderful turnout. Beautiful day, beautiful thanksgiving day and we couldn’t ask for any better because weather really drives the attendance up.”
Of course, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without some pie. There was certainly plenty to choose from thanks to some help from some local high school students.
According to Bearendse, “The pies come from Central High School from their honor society, and they have that students bring the pies and we pick them up from the Central High School. And that’s one of our supporters. And like I said, we couldn’t do this without them.”
The Knights of Columbus also receiving a helping hand from Rapid City Boy Scouts Troop 7. Around 750 meals were expected to be served at this year’s event.