ST. LOUIS – Cold temperatures haven’t stopped people going out to enjoy Thanksgiving traditions across the region.
The Gamlin family, who own and operate several restaurants in the St. Louis area, celebrated the day with their 36th annual golf tournament.
“We just like to freeze to death playing golf,” said Derek Gamlin. “We must keep the tradition in honor of my father, my uncle, my late grandfather – keep it for years to come.”
In Kirkwood, two high schools met for their annual Thanksgiving football game. The Kirkwood Pioneers beat the Webster Groves Statesmen 65-0 to claim the school’s eighth consecutive victory in the Turkey Day game.
“We’ve been going there since my children were little. So it’s a good time even if it’s freezing cold, ”said Kirkwood High School parent Ryan Morgan.
The teams first met in 1907, but this year’s game meant more than the score.
“The past year has shown us how much we want to be together, and we’re just grateful that we have the chance to be together,” said Meredith Byers, parent of Kirkwood High School. “We are not originally from Kirkwood. We have no family here. So on Thanksgiving it’s our family.
Dozens of families carried on another Thanksgiving tradition, skating at the Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park.
“We have family members in town so it will be great to get our kids together to skate,” said Daniel Bernstein. “This is our daughter’s first time skating, so we are delighted to see her having a lot of fun.”
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