ASHLAND, Ore. — Trucks were unloaded, food was brought in, and silverware was rolled Tuesday afternoon as volunteers with the Ashland Christian Fellowship prepared for their annual Christmas dinner — a tradition dating back more than 30 years.
The event has grown and moved to the old Ashland Armory and anywhere from 700 to 1,000 guests are expected. It takes three weeks of preparation just to begin setting up on Christmas Eve, but those who have been a part of the dinner for many years said it’s something they always look forward to.
“We open the doors, start the dinner, and people file in. The joy that is here, which is really the spirit of the season of giving, that’s the thing I look forward to most,” volunteer coordinator Chris Adams.
The food will begin to be cooked first thing in the morning with the first of 350 pounds of turkey entering the oven around 5:30 a.m.