KING: Wild Turkey Federation banquet set for St. Patrick’s Day

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This year St. Patrick’s Day is going to be a bit more special than usual. The Tar River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting its 28th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on that same day, March 17, 2016.

The site will be Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Abram’s BBQ will once again serve dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The meal itself is well worth the trip. Abram’s pulls out all the stops on the food for this event. Eastern North Carolina barbecue, fried chicken, vegetables, fish and shrimp will be on the menu. These folks do not stop cooking until everyone has gone back for seconds.

A single ticket costs $65. Couples tickets are $90. This year a sponsor ticket costs only $280.

The sponsor ticket includes a one year membership to the National Wild Turkey Federation, and a subscription to the bi-monthly Turkey Country magazine.

Sponsors will also receive $200 worth of raffle tickets toward the general raffle, and one chance at sponsors-only prizes the night of the banquet.

This year’s sponsor gift is a fleece vest with the N.W.T.F. logo on the chest. This is a high quality vest with shoulder patches, full zip, and front pouch pockets by Boyt Harness.

This banquet allows hunters, outdoorsmen and women to come together for a night of fellowship, sharing a common cause.

The goal is to raise money to help some habitat for many wild animals, not only wild turkeys. We have experienced great success in this undertaking over the years, but we cannot continue this ongoing project without your help.

The money raised also goes to programs that educate our youth to be responsible hunters and good stewards of our valuable wildlife natural resources.

Our local Tar River Chapter is involved in the event sponsored on the national level. We support Wheelin’ Sportsmen, which assists handicapped individuals who like to hunt. We are helping women who share a love of nature by supporting Women in the Outdoors Outreach Program.

Each year we award scholarships to local high school seniors who plan to further their education in colleges.

Another annual event is J.A.K.E.S. Day for the children at Rose Hill Farms. Many times we host over 400 children and adults who participate in this awesome day afield. Our local chapter hosts one of the largest and most successful J.A.K.E.S. Day events in all of North Carolina.

Our local chapter also helps less fortunate families around Thanksgiving by providing them with a meal that includes a turkey and a bag of sweet potatoes.

On the national level the National Wild Turkey Federation is the most effective wildlife habitat conservation organization in North America.

Since 1973, our volunteers, staff, and partners have worked to restore wild turkey populations to historic levels. This has helped create hunting opportunities for millions of people, and conserved more than 17 million acres of essential habitat for many different wildlife species.

Come support our banquet and our cause. Every dollar you donate is appreciated and spent wisely.

This year wear some green and bring some green. For more information feel free to contact our president, Jimmy Vickers, at 252-813-4253.