Christmas is coming, and you might think buying a raffle ticket for a turkey is a good idea. But would you enter a draw for a glass turkey? Why might anyone want to win something like the candy dish pictured above?
Well, if you're the lucky winner of such a raffle in Eastern Ontario, your prize will be something like this:
The Chesterville Ag Society is kicking off our holiday fundraising with a Glass Turkey of assorted alcohol and beers, in order to raise funds for upgrades at the Chesterville Fairgrounds for family events throughout the year.I was alerted to this term on a recent visit to Ottawa, and on looking into it I found almost all the evidence is from the Ottawa region or the area of eastern Ontario between the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers. There were some "glass turkeys" showing up in Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo about an hour west of Toronto. The earliest evidence I could find was from Chatham in southwestern Ontario:
The winner of the "Glass Turkey" raffle will receive assorted alcohols purchased from the LCBO. The complete prize is valued at $315.05 and is made up of the following items:
- 12 Steamwhistle Pilsner
- 15 Bud Light
- Absolut Vodka (1.14 mL)
- Assorted Ciders
- Assorted Wines
- Baileys (750 mL)
- Captain Morgan Spiced Rum (750 mL)
- Forty Creek Cream Liquor (750 mL)
- Jagermeister (750 mL)
- Sauza Gold Tequila (750 mL)
- Sour Puss (750 mL)
The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Ont] 28 Dec 1977: P.8. A Christmas raffle for an ounce of marijuana instead of a glass turkey - a jug of liquor - has started a narcotics investigation by RCMP and city police in Chatham.
One strange outlier was from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, across the harbour from Halifax, but since this is a major base for the Canadian Navy, I blame it on naval personnel picking up the concept and term on one of their regular rotations to the national capital and then taking it to the Halifax region on their next posting. (Altruistically, of course, since it is well known that naval personnel do not indulge in alcoholic adult beverages.)
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