DANVILLE — The 2011 Danville Lions Club Raccoon Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 7, at the St. Luke Community Center, located immediately behind the Danville St. Luke Catholic Church.
The meal will be served from 5 until 7:30 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.
At 7 p.m., the Danville Jazz Band will perform for the attendees across the street from the community center in the high school auditorium. The main event will follow the band at 8 p.m. with a presentation by former OSU women’s basketball star Katie Smith.
A raffle drawing for a rifle will be held at the end of the program.
Clyde Banbury and Clyde Cornell started the first raccoon dinner. The meal was served in Banbury’s basement with 30 in attendance. After a few years, the annual dinner was moved to the elementary building at the school cafeteria since the interest in attending was dramatically increasing. As the event evolved, guest speakers were included as part of the program. There have been many notable speakers such as Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes, OSU head coaches Woody Hayes and John Cooper, Gordy Coleman (Cincinnati Reds), Jerry Razor (newscaster), Ed Johnson, Steve Newman, Andy Geiger, Bill Conley, Craig Krenzel, Greg Frey, and many more. The largest attendance to the event was over 800 people.
At the dinner, over 600 pounds of raccoon is served as the entree coupled with a full course setting of mashed potatoes, dressing, mixed vegetables, raccoon gravy, cake, and a serving of fresh homemade cornbread. A limited amount of ham is prepared for those wishing to attend whose health may not permit them to consume the raccoon.
The participants come from all over the United States and Canada to attend this famous event. Past events have seen a gentleman fly up from Missouri in his airplane just for the dinner and a newspaper editor came from Pennsylvania to enjoy the unique cuisine. Last year the event had a visitor from Russia.
Published on January 17, 2011