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A local football tradition on Thanksgiving in Ohio

This particular Thanksgiving tradition has been going on for over 20 years. It gets me thinking about how many local celebrations must happen all over that are mostly unknown to the wider world. 

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White team member Tim Blascak (center) leaps but can't catch a pass during the championship game during the 21st Meadows Turkey Bowl at the home of Mike Meadows on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, in Medina, Ohio. The annual neighborhood event, which includes a Hall of Fame Induction roast, player draft and auction, is held on Thanksgiving morning and is a backyard football game with four teams and about 40 players who compete for the championship trophy. All the players show their gratitude for the game, friendship and life by donating 100% of the proceeds collected to the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr.)

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White team members Tim Blascak (left) and Dave Armstrong begin to celebrate as time runs out during their victory over the Blue team.

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Members of the Highland High School band play the national anthem during the 21st Meadows Turkey Bowl.

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John Cassidy (right) says hello to long-time friend Jason Nemeth near a large inflated turkey before the start of the football games.