A pandemic is guaranteed to change the way people spend the holidays.
Smaller gatherings, postponed dinners, and virtual hangouts will replace the old ways of celebrating. However, Cheshire’s Parks and Recreation team has partnered with Wallingford Chick-fil-A to try to give residents a Thanksgiving they will never forget.
“We are really excited for this event. It’s the first of its kind that we’ve done, but we think it’s going to be a hit,” said Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator, Tim Weed. “We are always thinking, always innovating and trying to create valuable programming for the people in our community and this idea we got from Wallingford, which does a similar event, (fits that goal).”
Cheshire’s first-ever “Turkey Hunt” will commence Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., and allow residents to drive around town following clues that will lead them to five cardboard cutout turkeys and one chicken. If a cutout is found, the participants can bring it to the Cheshire Park and Recreation to trade for a gift basket or gift cards, provided by Chick-fil-A in Wallingford.
“The clues will range in difficulty, but all the cutouts will be hidden on town property for residents to drive around and find,” explained Weed. “Once a cutout is returned to us, we will post its location on our Facebook page. We will also email all the participants once everything has been found.”
In order to participate in the event, residents must register via the Cheshire Parks and Recreation registration page, but participation in the event itself is completely free.
“So far, we’ve gauged the interest of about 90 participants, but that only represents one person of a whole group,” Weed explained. “We could easily have over 150 people attend the event, which would be fantastic.”
While the event is taking place, a special guest might make an appearance at the Cheshire Parks and Recreation facility.
“I have heard rumors that the Chick-fil-A cow will be in attendance and around to take pictures,” hinted Weed. “It’s going to be a really fun day and hopefully can take people’s minds off of the stress that we are all feeling right now.”
To pre-register for the event, visit https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/ctcheshirewt.wsc/splash.html.