The 29th Annual Alcorn County Wildlife Tasting Supper is being moved from its usual March time to Thursday, Jan. 16 for 2014.
A date change is the only adjustment for the popular event, according to committee member Sandy Mitchell.
"The Wildlife Supper is always a fun-filled and family event," said Mitchell. "We have a lot of great cooks who take wild game and incorporate it into a traditional meal."
Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for the 6 p.m. event at the Crossroads Arena with the door fee being one wildlife dish per person. If no dish is brought, cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Kids under five will be admitted free.
"Moving the date helps us both," added Mitchell. "It helps the Arena cut down on the cost of moving dirt in and out of the building, and the supper is still held during hunting season which benefits us."
More dirt events at the Crossroads Arena pushed the event up this time and that's fine with Mitchell.
"The Arena is always so great in helping us put this together," she said. "We are glad they were able to secure more events for the dirt this year."
Last year, the annual supper was held in Feb. with just over 600 attending.
The Alcorn County Soil and Water Conservation District along with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi State Extension Service, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and USDA–Natural Resources Conservation Service combine to coordinate the supper each year.
Registration for the dish contest starts at 5 p.m.
"People really seem to enjoy the competition," said the committee member. "Cooks in the area do a really good job of coming up with different items."
The competition divisions will consist of Water Critter, Feathered, Antlered, Land Critter, Hunting Club, Chili-Stew and Desserts.
No store-bought dish can be entered in the contest.
Monetary awards in each division will be presented to the top three places.
Mitchell said "barbecue and hot dogs made by Rollin' Rumps BBQ Catering & Vending will be available for the non-adventurous types."
Several vendors will be on hand during the night. A youth and adult gun raffle is also slated to take place.
"We have some great people and businesses who make things work as sponsors," said Mitchell. "
To help sponsor the event or for more information call Mitchell at 287-7223 Ext. 3 or Patrick Poindexter at 286-7755.