Prizes, drawings, food, on menu for Wild Game Dinner
What is being billed as the “wildest” Wild Game Dinner in Texas will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Gates at the 11th annual event open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be served until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, which includes food and drinks, including limited wine and beer. Prize drawing tickets are $5 each or six for $25. Advance admission ticket purchases can be made in Fredericksburg at Arrowhead Bank, Lochte Feed and General Store, Stroeher and Olfers and in Stonewall at Allied Ag.
Admission tickets also can be purchased at the gate at the event for the same price ($25).
Over 12 exhibitors, promotional giveaways, live and silent auction items, hunts, vacations, games, prize drawings and the “Challenge Auction” will take place during the event.
Over $200,000 in prizes include a Bad Boy 4-Wheeler donated by McLane Ford and a nine-foot utility trailer donated by Lawrence Trailer Sales.
“We have increased the seating capacity, improved the flow of traffic inside and out, increased the number of prizes and opened up the ‘new/ improved’ food stations earlier,” said Lester Meier, board chairman.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of our many volunteers, our first-class cooks and our volunteer board members,” he said. “They have helped raise over $561,000, in the last 10 years, including $94,000 in 2016 alone. “Our goal has always been to support youth ag education projects in Gillespie County, and I’m proud of all the educators who have helped make it happen.”
“We have better quality prizes than ever before,” said Tony Klein, executive board member.
Prizes include jewelry from Champe-Jennings, James Avery and Segner’s; kids’ and ladies’ items; artwork, firearms and professional archery products.
The games also feature some of the best prizes, Klein said, including toys, tools and family items to fill Christmas stockings.
For the fifth year, World Champion auctioneer Craig Meier will be at the event to help with the live auction.
“Gillespie County is blessed with some of the best business owners and charitable donors in the state,” said Shawn Lehne, executive board member. “When our volunteers come asking for sponsorships, donations, or any kind of help, people always respond favorably for the cause. In a community where many organizations have good causes, we are honored to have their contributions.
“And, of course, we appreciate all of the people who come to the dinner, especially the out-of-towners and hunters, who come to our event every year,” Lehne said.
Chris Schoessow, executive board member, coordinates with all the cooks and “hunter-gatherers.”
“We are lucky to have so many hunters, guides and local folks who supply the wild game for the cooks to prepare,” Schoessow said. “We have many teams of talented cooks that make all of our items delicious.
“Our volunteer cooks, who come back year after year, and the local processors are really the ones we need to thank the most,” he said. “They never fail to bring their best.”
Along with the wild game, the dinner also features fried fish, barbecue and trimmings.
Board member Shelee Padgett is responsible for keeping up with all of the volunteers and their assignments.
“I love how people want to be a part of this event and how everyone does their job well,” Padgett said. “We want all of our guests to have a good time and we’re all about making that happen. If anyone would like to get involved, they can contact me at any of the emails or numbers listed below.”