HOWARD — The Floral Valley Lodge was filled to capacity when the Kokosing River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation conducted its 21st annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday evening. Games, raffles, a silent auction, a live auction and lots of fun were on tap all evening, all to support the local NWTF chapter.
Corporate sponsors for the event were First-Knox National Bank and Fredericktown Chevrolet. Besides the sponsorships and funds raised from raffles and auctions, additional funds are raised by individual tickets and sponsor tickets.
Currently serving as president of the local NWTF chapter is Keith White who has been involved with the banquet for seven years. “This is all to support the Wild Turkey Federation. Money is raised for the Federation, and it also helps provide scholarships,” said White. “It’s a good evening with a lot of food, lots of raffles and good fun.” White said the event normally raises between $30,000-$40,000.
Serving as master of ceremonies was Skip Markland, regional director of the NWTF. Prior to the dinner of turkey, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and dessert, Markland invited all United States military veterans up front to lead the pledge of allegiance where a special prize drawing was held among all veterans.
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