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Okay. It’s that time of year when anticipation just isn’t enough to keep me satisfied. I need the real thing, and I need it NOW! But like everyone else, I have to wait a little longer for the 2015 Annual Wild Game Feed at Irvine Lake. It’s not going to happen until the third Friday in September. That means September 18, 2015.
Today my ticket order form arrived in the mail, and it is already filled out, sealed in an envelope, and ready to drop in the mail (as soon as I post this). No hesitation allowed. I talk to people every year who waited a couple of weeks to return their order form only to find discover this grand feast is sold out. If you’ve got an order form send it in immediately or plan on waiting another year.
The AWGF is absolutely the best event of its type I have ever attended. The food doesn’t end until the sun goes down. Even then I manage to take a bit home to enjoy another day. And it’s a bottomless beer mug event. This is a dream come true—too much beer and too much food all in one place. One of the things I always laugh about each year is how we stuff ourselves on appetizers of wild game sausages, chili, buffalo ribs, frog legs, clams, salmon, halibut, gumbo, spit roasted pig, quail, game hen, crawfish, tamales, and a bunch of other stuff like corn on the cob, quail, chucker, and calimari, only to have dinner served. And who can pass up stacks of venison, buffalo, antelope, caribou, elk, boar, alligator, ostrich, duck, sea bass, and who knows what else. Of course, it’s all washed down with more beer (or soda—your choice).
On top of that there are events, exhibits, and raffles. Events have included a Sportsman’s Challenge in Target Shooting, Casting, and Archery. Exhibits have included a large display by Safari Club International, and Live Birds of Prey. Raffles are endless, and special raffles have included cars, motorcycles, and hunting dogs. Grand prizes usually include shotguns, rifles, rods and reels, big screen televisions, and barbecues, as well as high-end hunting and fishing equipment. And for those needing something else to do, how about some volleyball or horseshoes.
For the 1,500 or so men (stag only and 21 or older) who gather together for this event, there is a strange bonding. We all become instant friends, and we remain friends whether or not we ever met at the Feed. Over the years, I’ve encountered men under various circumstances outside of the Feed and the subject of the AWGF came up. Since we had both attended in the past, there was a sudden understanding between us that only friends can have. And that is the point. No matter who we are, or where we came from, the Feed unites us as friends. Just recently I encountered a gentleman who had moved out of the area and had not been able to attend in more than 25 years. We have almost nothing in common other than past attendance, but we became instant friends. And he plans to be there this coming September.
All of this is great fun, but it is for charities this event exists. Many charitable organizations benefit from the monies raised by the Annual Wild Game Feed. I know the ticket is a bit pricey, but it’s worth every penny and then some. Hope to see you there.