The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 23, 2013

Ducks Unlimited banquet set for Oct. 29

By CRISTIN REECE
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty fame won't be making an appearance, but there's plenty of other opportunities to enjoy good food, fellowship and frivolity during Anderson County's annual Ducks Unlimited banquet this month.

Doors open to the event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 100 Line St., in Palestine. Dinner, provided by the Ranch House restaurant and Ben E. Keith Distributors, starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available and includes dinner, a one-year Ducks Unlimited membership and the opportunity to participate in the plethora of raffles, auctions and other activities featured during the event. Tickets are $50 or $65 for a couple; table sponsorships range from $300 to $650 and are still available as well. Call 903-724-4392 for tickets.

“Attendance has grown over the last couple years,” said John Piersol, president of the county's local chapter of Ducks Unlimited. “Everyone always has a lot of fun and there's going to be plenty of ways to take home some real nice guns, too.

“There's also plenty of other nice auction and raffle items — we've got something for everyone.”

Auction and raffle items include a Cavender's shopping package, commemorative Ducks Unlimited prints, furniture, home décor items and 30 different guns.

“We've also added some new games this year,” Piersol said. “We're doing the Big Draw where we'll try to give away a gun every 30 minutes until the auction starts and we've got the Duck Plop, which you really do kind of have to see to believe. They're both going to be lots of fun and award some great prizes, too.”

According to the organization's website, www.ducks.org, Ducks Unlimited was established in 1937 after “North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows.

“Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited,” the website states. “Thanks to decades of abiding by that single mission, Ducks Unlimited is now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.”

Proceeds of Anderson County's banquet and auction benefit the organization's effort to continue to conserve Texas wetlands and waterfowl populations.

“They've spent a lot of money in this state and around here over the years,” Piersol said. “They continue to support and conserve our populations very well and are the reason our children and grandchildren will be able to continue the sport of duck hunting in the future. They do some very important work.”