15th Annual Wild Game Feed deemed a success

By Darby Martin

   The livestock barn was lively, warm, and full of community members looking to try wild game meats and win prizes, all while supporting the community on Nov. 10. The 15th Annual Stan Wagner Memorial Game Feed brought folks from Fallon County and the surrounding area together for a night of family friendly fun.

   “People loved that it was a family friendly even where everyone could win and have a good time,” says Wendy Wagner with a smile. Although unsure of the number of attendance this year, Wendy says that despite the snowstorm and basketball tournament, a record number of community members attended the event.

   The evening started with a free will offering dinner highlighting a variety of wild game meat dishes. “We didn’t run out of food, and never have… but it was close this year,” Wendy said with a chuckle.

   Last year was the first year the event was held in the livestock barn, a change made due to the sheer number of people in attendance. However, due to the large space, keeping everyone warm was an issue last year. This year, however, they tried a new heating system, which worked much better to fill the large space. “It was comfortable to walk around in a sweatshirt,” says Wendy, “the new heating system worked very well.”

   Games took place throughout the evening, allowing the young, old, or anyone in between to win various prizes ranging from gaming consoles to rifles to guided hunts in Colorado or New Zealand. The younger crowd played “spin the wheel” for prizes, while the older kids played Plinko in hopes of landing their perfect prize.

   Adults had a variety of prize-winning games available, including the reverse raffle, ladies balloon pop, the mystery box, and of course, the famous hat auction. Although many prizes were related to outdoor activities such as camping and hunting, there were other prizes to be won, such as the Stan Wagner Memorial Quilt, won by Kirstin Custer this year.

   Other large prize winners this year included Bruce Gjorven, winner of the Colorado antelope hunt, Gene Dodge, winner of the New Zealand red stag hunt, Shanya Larsen, winner of the reverse raffle, Kalyn Bohle, winner of the three gun raffle, and Pam Nelson, winner of the four gun raffle.

   Proceeds from this year’s even specifically went to the Wibaux Civic Club, Baker Community Church, Baker Lions Club, Gama Beta Sorority, and Xi Alpha Nu sorority. These groups will turn this money around to benefit the community through philanthropic and community social events. The Stan Wagner Memorial Game Feed has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local groups throughout the past 15 years.