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Wapato and Toppenish Students Celebrate Thanksgiving with Annual Turkey Bowl

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WAPATO, WA.- It's Thanksgiving and many of you are probably relaxing with family and friends eating some great food, but as we found out today the communities of Wapato and Toppenish are braving the cold celebrating an annual tradition that continues to grow.


Toppenish verses Wapato, there's a rivalry there that students say isn't easy to get past.

"There is rivalry, everyone knows someone somehow, so everyone has some type of aggression towards someone so it makes the game even more fun," Wapato player Jamie Delatorre said.

However on Thursday, in the name of football, and turkey, they put those rivalries aside to celebrate a tradition that seems to be growing.

"Every year we get as many people as we can, but it's never been this big before," Jeovany Ciriaco told us, "It was a dying tradition, but we have an awesome turn out this year so hopefully it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  


Players told us they've been holding the annual turkey bowl for years, but until this year it never got quite this much support.


More than a hundred people from Wapato and Toppenish came out to the Wapato High School football field this morning. The students who organized the event say it all came down to celebrating community.

"A lot of things are negative in our communities, but this is something we can hold on to that's positive and a tradition that's positive," Ricky Rodriguez said.


While there may have been a winner at today's game it was all in good fun, showing just how powerful the spirit of Thanksgiving can be.