Wild Game Dinner ‘on target’ for youth
Of the many events that bring people to Fredericksburg, few are growing as fast as the annual Wild Game Dinner.
That was evidenced on Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, where thousands of people packed into the exhibition hall and spent their dollars on auctions, games and more.
Increased seating capacity, traffic flow and more food stations helped give more elbow room, but the simple popularity of the event still meant a fun and generous crowd all around the grounds.
While organizers were still totaling proceeds when this was written Monday morning, in the past 10 years, the event has raised well over half a million dollars for support of youth agricultural education projects in Gillespie County. This year’s totals are expected to add to that significantly.
Those funds go to scholarship and education programs, including 4-H clubs, FFA, Farm Bureau, the Youth Livestock Show, rural seminars and other ag-related projects. In these days of limited state budgets and cuts to many programs, funds like this are necessary to keep agricultural education alive and healthy.
We commend these organizers, as few things teach responsibility to youth as much as taking care of an animal they are raising with an eye toward livestock auction winnings.
Those in attendance had the chance to win some of more than $200,000 offered in prizes.
The event included both live and silent auctions with prizes donated from local retailers and hunting operations. Several generous supporters kicked in top prizes, and we thank them for their support of this growing event.
Here in the white-tail capital of the country, people jump at the chance to win top-notch firearms, jewelry and