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COVID-19 does not stop Johnson County community Thanksgiving meal

But, it will be a carry-out only this year
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Posted at 4:57 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 17:13:08-05

FRANKLIN — COVID has forced the cancellation of countless annual events this year. Johnson County's Thanksgiving community meal will not be one of them, but there will be changes this year.

Rather than a sit down event at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Franklin, a full turkey dinner will be available for carry-out between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Drivers should enter off U.S. 31 in Franklin.

People who are not able to leave their homes can have a dinner delivered. For delivery, call 317-662-0199 or email

More information about the dinner is also available at this link:

The Thanksgiving meal, which draws hundreds to the fairgrounds in a normal year, had to transition to carry-out this year because of COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size and the ability of the virus to spread when people are sitting close together.

The meal is free and reservations are not needed. Turkey and all the traditional trimmings will be included. Last year, more than 1,200 meals were served and that number could be higher this year.

Donations are also being accepted to cover expenses and can be made to: Johnson County Banquets, Box 207, Franklin, IN 46131

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