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Kirkwood School District Students and Alumni begin “Turkey Day Countdown” for Annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game

The first officially recorded Thanksgiving Day football game between Kirkwood High School (KHS) and neighboring Webster Groves High School (WGHS) was held in 1907. Since then, with only a few exceptions, the two schools have met each year on the football field to compete for the “Turkey Day Championship” and the coveted Frisco Bell trophy. More than just a football game, Turkey Day has become a celebration of spirit and pride for both communities.

In anticipation of the 2021 football game, KSD students and alumni will begin the “Turkey Day Game” countdown in November with special activities throughout the month and during Spirit Week.

Spirit Week

Sunday – November 21 – Cheerleading Alumni to practice for Pep Rally later in the week

An alumni cheerleading practice is scheduled for Sunday, November 21 from 4-7 p.m. in the David Holley Assembly Hall to practice for the Pep Rally later in the week. Please contact KHS Cheerleading coach Kristan Stroup at

Monday – November 22 – Tacky Day

KSD students and staff wear orange and black, Webster’s colors, to school.

Monday event, November 22 – Hall Decorating

KHS clubs and grade levels decorate the halls with spectacular displays emphasizing a Turkey Day theme and team pride.

Tuesday, November 23 – Spirit Day

KSD students and staff wear red and white to show “Pioneer Pride.”

Tuesday, November 23 – 1:50 p.m.

KHS Pep Assembly in the David Holley Assembly Hall closes out the school day.

Wednesday, November 24, 5 – 7 p.m.

Kirkwood School District Foundation Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off:

KSDF will host the 25th annual Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off in the KHS Walker Commons and Cafeteria. Community members are invited to sample chili prepared by area restaurants and vote for the best chili in town.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students K-12. Tickets will be on sale at beginning Saturday, November 6.

Children Pre-K and under are free.

Your ticket includes a chili sample from each participating restaurant, hot dogs, drinks, & dessert.

Chili bowl will look a little different this year due to Covid, but still tasty and fun!

Here is a rundown of what has changed:

  • Masks will always be required indoors when not eating, masks will always be required in the cafeteria
  • Tickets will be sold in 15-minute increments with designated timeslots
  • There will be 8 timeslots to choose from, but each timeslot will have a maximum and the timeslot will no longer appear once maximum number is met
  • Wrist Bands will be given to you at the event and will be color coded for your timeslot
  • You will be given a frisbee to use as a tray to collect your chili samples, which will be handed out in cups (comparable size of bowls used years prior)
  • The cafeteria will be set up with a one-way flow pattern and eating will not be occurring in the cafeteria
  • Tables for eating will be set up throughout the indoor and outdoor common areas, but feel free to bring your own lawn chairs as well
  • We will have “yard games” set up on the way to the gym for folks to enjoy while awaiting the pep rally 

Special thanks to these local businesses for their generous donations: Oberweis, Raising Cane’s, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Kirkwood Deli, Chartwells.

Taste the best chili in town and vote for your favorite from: Amigos Cantina, BeerSauce Shop (Sunset Hills), Revel Kitchen, Billy G’s, Brick Top’s, Honey Bee’s, Hi-Pointe Drive In, and J.P. Fields West.

Wednesday, November 24, 7-9 p.m.

Pep Rally in David Holley Assembly Hall followed by traditional bonfire on the field behind David Holley Assembly Hall.

Alumni from the cheerleading squad and dance team are invited to cheer and dance with the current squad during the assembly Wednesday evening.

Guests are invited to either watch the Pep Rally from inside David Holley Assembly Hall or outside on video screens. Outside spectators can watch on the field hockey fields.

Thursday, November 25, 7:30 a.m. – KHS Wrestling Alumni and Girls and Boys Cross Country Alumni

Current members and alumni of the KHSD Wresting and cross country teams are invited to run in the 39th Annual Kirkwood Webster Turkey Day Run in downtown Kirkwood. Meet at the Kirkwood Train Station at 7:15 a.m. and the 3-mile race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department and the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department sponsor the run. To register, visit: 

Thursday, November 25, noon -Turkey Day Game:

Kick-off for the main event – the Turkey Day Game – is at noon at E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium. Tickets are available in all KSD schools and the District’s central office now through November 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from advanced tickets sold in Kirkwood are contributed to KHS programs. Proceeds from tickets sold at the gate are divided between Kirkwood and Webster Groves. Tickets are $7 in advance for everyone and $10 at the gate. Kids six and under are free. We do not accept credit. Cash or checks may be made payable to “KHS.” For additional information, please call the KHS Athletic Department at 314-213-6116.

Media Outlets for Football Game:


Radio:  550 KTRS

Friday, November 26, 3 p.m.

All KHS water polo alumni and friends are invited to participate in the annual Turkey Day Water Polo Game on Friday, November 26 at 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Walker Natatorium at KHS. Please contact Rob Peglar (Head Water Polo Coach) at 314-308-6983 or with questions.