Updated 4 years ago

Folks traveling along Main Street in Machias may have seen something unusual on side of the road. As Meghan Hayward tells us, they were getting some laughs, but also helping a good cause. ” Turkey, carrot, potato, pea.” All the food items for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. And all were on hand in Machias trying to persuade folks to donate turkeys. ” We decided we wanted to have a little fun with it. Give people another reason to donate to this.”Susan Farley of the Washington Hancock Community Agency says the need is huge. “It’s a serious thing that unfortunately too many people face everyday.” It’s the sixth year for the turkey-a-thon. The turkeys and donations will be divided among the 11 food pantries in Washington County. They say everyone has been generous. ” We’re getting a lot of people coming in, people that probably can’t even afford to do it themselves. They’re coming in and giving us a donation and even if they can’t afford to give a whole turkey they’re giving something.” This year’s turkey-a-thon didn’t come without some surprises. ” I had actually issued a challenge to the Washington County Sheriff’s employees. I told them if they came up with 10 turkeys before this started that I would wear the turkey outfit for two hours on Main Street. Here I am.”Everyone involved says it’s about giving back. And of course having some fun. ” Turkey walk.”