The 2014 Sportsman's Banquet promises a full-day of fun for the whole family on Saturday, Sept. 20 at McNairy Central High School and the McNairy County Fairgrounds.
Proceeds from the annual event will benefit Lauren King Ministries and the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.
"Our goal is for the ministry to reach out further," said event organizer Chris Whitten.
Anita and the late Larron King founded Lauren King Ministries in 2000 to help the RMH. Lauren died in 1997 at the age one year and eight days. She was born on Mother’s Day May 12, 1996 and was taken to St. Jude six hours after she was delivered, suffering with AML Leukemia.
Larron died from injuries suffered in a car accident in May of 2012.
During last year's event, over 1,100 attended the day of activities with 147 decisions of salvation or rededication made.
"We are hoping our numbers grow," said Whitten. "Especially the number of those who are saved … seeing that number increase would be important to Larron."
The family fun begins at 10 a.m. with a dunking booth on the grounds of McNairy Central. A skeet shooting contest is slated for 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds.
A sample of some of the things slated throughout the day include a motorcycle run, duck and turkey call contest, paint party, rock climbing wall and much more.
"I really anticipate having 1,500-plus people during the day," said Whitten. "Different events have been added … it's not just an event for men. We plan to provide fun for the whole family."
Fifteen to 17 guns – provided by T&T Guns and Ammo – will be given away during the day. A Yeti cooler and gun safe are among other prizes to be awarded.
Another way volunteers are generating money for the banquet is through recyclable items. There will be a drop-off point during the banquet for individuals to leave the items. All money collected from the recycling will go to the banquet.
Vendors have risen from 2013. Around 40 – up from 31 – will be on site during the day. Some of those committed to being there include vendors pertaining to women's cosmetics and clothing along with gun and ATV sellers.
Organizers have added its number of scholarships awarded to high school students this year. A scholarship and teacher grant in memory of Kelly Amerson will be awarded on an annual basis starting this year. Amerson is a former MCHS teacher who passed away in May of 2013.
"It takes more than just a few people to make the event work," said Whitten. "Churches from across the area have come together to support the banquet."
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance from area businesses such as Tractor Supply; Top O’ the River in Michie; Emily’s House of Style in Selmer; Hollingsworth Locksmith in Eastview; HB Outfitters in Ramer; Maness Insurance in Selmer; and T&T Guns and Ammo in Selmer.
The list and times of activities include:
10 a.m. – Doors open with vendors inside MCHS; dunking booth at MCHS Entrance 2
11 a.m. – Skeet shooting at fairgrounds (guns and ammo provided); motorcycle registration behind MCHS gym; muddy bottom off-road showcase at fairgrounds
Noon – Duck and turkey call contest at Selmer Jaycee Building (contestants need to bring own equipment); BB gun contest at fairgrounds (guns and ammo will be provided); greased pig chase at McNairy County Ag Center; rock climbing at MCHS Entrance 3
1 p.m. – Paint party in MCHS Art Room
6 p.m. – Contest and drawing winners announced in MCHS gym
6:20 p.m. – Randy Parrish
6:40 p.m. – Scholarship announcement
6:50 p.m. – Retrieving for Christ
7:30 p.m. – Final drawing and closing