This year’s Stan Wagner Memorial Wild Game Feed was held up the hill from its previous location to accommodate more people and give everyone a little elbow room.
By Angel Wyrwas
This year’s Stan Wagner Memorial Wild Game Feed was held up the hill from its previous location to accommodate more people and give everyone a little elbow room. “It was much more comfortable in the fairgrounds barn,” said hostess Wendy Wagner. “People weren’t running into each other all night saying excuse me, excuse me.”
As the feed had grown more and more popular, the venue seemed smaller and smaller until it was necessary to make a change. “It was the first time the fair board had done anything like this,” said Wagner, “and they were great to work with. They brought in a blade and moved all the dirt then packed the floor down. When they were done, it wasn’t even dusty.”
As usual, every table from the fairgrounds was used. And this year, the wild game feed used all the tables from the American Legion as well. And then every table from the Baker Fire Hall was used.
“People could see what was going on without having to stand on chairs,” said Wagner. “They told us that they liked the room even if it was a bit chilly.” Wagner was talking about the cooler temperature of the larger building.
“We had been setting up earlier in the week and it was nice and toasty in there,” explained Wagner. “When we had some deliveries the day of the feed, the large door was left open and the heat went out with the wind. It is a very large building that takes a long time to heat so it was still a bit chilly for some people but we will know what to do differently next year.”
When you have a winning event you don’t have to worry about changing much! Hundreds of people ages 0-90 something came to eat their hearts out. The reoccurring comment throughout the evening was ‘this food is so good you can’t tell it’s wild game’. That honor goes to Jake Wagner and his great volunteer kitchen staff that prepares all the dishes for the feed.
An incredible spread of different dishes made of different game animals satiated the crowd. After dinner, games were played and guns were won. In the end, everyone enjoyed the company of friends new and old while donating to some great causes. And just like the antelope, deer and elk in Hanging W Meats, this year’s Wild Game Feed is all wrapped up.