Airport, stores, chefs busy with holiday preps

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 7:01 PM

AUSTIN -- The holiday rush is on. Parking lots and area grocery stores are full as people shop for last minute ingredients for the big Thanksgiving Day meal.

However, to avoid long lines, some have turned to catering.

So you can imagine how much chopping is involved when you cook for hundreds, as well as the Texas State football team.

Kathryn Dagar-Albarado of Dagar's Catering says the team has a game on Saturday, so they are cooking for them the next two days.

Dagar's is also busy with pickups. You can order for as small as a family of ten. KVUE spoke with Becky Doss  as she was picking up her order for Thursday.

She says her family has been doing Dagar's for years. She said, "heres a lot of people at the grocery store and we are definitely avoiding them."

Meantime the travel rush has begun. From the roads to the airport  you can expect lines.
However, despite nearly 6,000 checking in at the airport by 8 a.m., lines at Austin-Berstrom International weren't that bad.

One traveler said, "It's actually less busy than I thought it would be. Its less busy than the last time I came."

Officials says a new fourth security checkpoint and additional staff remaining from the F-1 rush helped quickly move passengers.

Dagar's was opened in 1952. The family is celebrating 60-years this year. If you are shopping, most H-E-B's will open at 6 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The 24-hour H-E-B's will close at 2 p.m.  as well.

Whole Foods opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

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