Interesting Trivia For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Day. Thanksgiving Day. A day where you eat too much and watch plenty of football.

However your Thanksgiving looks, here are some interesting facts about this oh-so-American holiday:

  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
  • 1796 was the first year a pumpkin pie recipe appeared. It was featured in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons and was called ‘Pompkin Pudding.’
  • The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a staple — it first started in the 1920’s.
  • Believe it or not…turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • An estimated 254 million turkeys were raised for slaughter in the U.S. during 2012 – US Department of Agriculture
  • Food that was thought to have been present at the first Thanksgiving feast: Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese.
  • This year, the beginning of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving falls on the very same day.
  • At one point in American history, the turkey and bald eagle were considered to serve as the national symbol of America. You can guess which one won…
  • Age is a determining factor in taste. Old, large males are preferable to young toms (males) as tom meat is stringy. The opposite is true for females: old hens are tougher birds.
  • Wild turkeys can run some 10 to 20 miles (16 to 32 kilometers) an hour and fly in bursts at 55 miles (89 kilometers) an hour.

Sources: WHVS.com, Chicago Now, Infoplease.com, National Geographic

A Few Fall Festivals…

Fall is the best time of year to visit the Lake of the Ozarks if you’re into festivals. Here are a few festivals worth checking out!

From LakeNewsOnline:

In the Lake area, autumn means the Turkey and Apple festivals. First up is the Turkey Festival held in downtown Eldon Saturday, Sept. 24. The Olde Tyme Apple Festival in downtown Versailles is the following weekend, with the main event being Saturday, Oct. 1.

Turkey Festival
Let’s talk turkey.
Admission Free
When 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
What to expect Turkey legs are a treat at this fest that also includes music, vendors and kids activities
Parade The festival parade features a wide variety of floats and walk-alongs. Don’t miss the action that starts at 10 a.m.
Phone 573-392-3752

Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble 5K With a $15 entry fee, this walk/run starts at 7 a.m. from 111 S. Oak
Phone 573-392-2291

Apple Festival
Apple Jammin’ is the theme of this year’s fest. Expect some great music to be playing around the downtown square on Saturday where a multitude of craft and food vendors will also be set up.
Admission Free
When Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 2

  • Friday Includes a car cruise, kid contests, sock hop and more
  • Saturday Includes a parade at 10 a.m., booths, food, live entertainment, games for children and a car show
  • Sunday Golf tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club

Online www.versailleschamber.org
Tip Parking can be a bear at this popular fest, but a shuttle service is available to take visitors downtown from the Morgan County Fairgrounds off Highway 52.