For Dr. Jim Jackson, the annual Alcorn County Wildlife Tasting Supper is a family affair.

“Usually, I will enter something that is bacon wrapped – wild turkey, deer, elk,” he said. “We have even entered grilled salmon.”

“My mother cooked deer steak and gravy and I entered that and she won. It was probably 20 years ago,” said Jackson.

Hhis girlfriend, Mai Fair, how does most of the cooking.

“She cooked some bacon wrapped elk and won the antlered category a few years ago,” he said. “It’s a good, family oriented, community activity. Everybody enjoys themselves.”

The annual event – now in its 44th year – is slated to return Tuesday, April 19 after a one-year covid-related hiatus. Doors open at the Crossroads Arena around 5 p.m. Dishes will be accepted between then and 6 p.m. Admission is $10 to get in, $5 for youth ages 6 to12. It is free for children ages 5 and younger or cooks who bring a homemade dish.

“There is a lot going on this time of year,” said Alcorn County Tax Assessor Sandy Mitchell. “But a lot of people have called and texted and said this was a better time for them. I hope it will be well attended.”

In previous the wildlife tasting suppers, the event was held in January, February or March. April is later than usual.

About 580 people attended the 2020 dinner.

It averages about 115 dishes to be judged.

The supper first started with Alcorn County Hunting and Fishing Club at Corinth High School. But it soon outgrew the high school and moved to the American Legion. From the legion building, it moved to the National Guard Armory and outgrew that venue.

Dishes are poultry, fish, deer and other wild game.

There will be gun raffles, displays, door prizes and desserts. There will also be barbecue and hot dogs for those who don’t eat wild game.

(Anyone who would like to donate to the supper or door prizes may contact Mitchell at 662-284-5569.)

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