From staff and press reports
The East MS Wildlife and Outdoor show, an annual celebration of the community’s bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage, will take place Thursday, October 3 at the Louisville Coliseum. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
“This is one of those great, hands-on family events that have a little something for everyone,” said organizer Robert Higginbotham. The Expo provides a unique blend of conservation information, education along with opportunities to learn various outdoor skills and experience different activities. The event is held by the East Mississippi Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and sponsored by Hardees.
On of the programs to be featured is JAKES. JAKES which stand for : Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship is the flagship program for the NWTF youth members. There is also a program called Xtreme JAKES for older youth.
“With our youth shooting events, we want the kids to learn that it is okay to shoot and hunt, and that guns handled responsibly are safe. Our mission is to protect our hunting heritage which means we have to pass along responsible shooting and hunting,” said Higginbotham.
Fishing and shooting sports are just a small part of the event activities. There will be door prizes, deer mount competition and a stew supper. Grace Christian School is hosting the stew supper.
Grace Christian School will be serving Gale Gregory’s famous stew by the serving and by the gallon, as well as handling all the concessions. There will be several civic groups, teams, clubs and groups raising funds for their own organizations. Vendors will be on hand promoting products and services they offer. The event does have a few limited vendor spaces available.
Hardees, of course, is the title sponsor for this event as well as the Whitetail deer mount competition.
“Everyone from the surrounding area is encouraged to enter their favorite deer mounts. They see the benefit of supporting our community and our youth. Our goal is to include as many people as possible,” said Higginbotham.
Admission for the event is $3 for adults, $1 for children, and children under 6 received free admission. With admission attendees will have an opportunity to win three $100 Cash door prizes and there will be games for guns, gun safes, Yeti coolers, generators and much more.
The local NWTF chapter will use the proceeds of this event to purchase all the turkeys for the Community Thanksgiving Luncheon which is setup through our “Turkey Hunters Care Program”. The group also funds additional JAKES events, Youth hunts, Wheelin Sportsmen evnets, Veteran’s recognition and local scholarships.
For more information about the event or to get one of the remaining vendor slots contact Robert Higginbotham at 662-803-2017 or Al Porter at 662-803-0995 or Wendell Womack at 662-803-3974.
This is the 40th anniversary of the NWTF and for 40 years they have been the leader in Wildlife Conservation for all upland animals and habitat and protecting everyone’s hunting heritage. The local chapter here in Louisville just celebrated 21years.
The local chapter and the NWTF as a whole just announced their largest initiative every: It is called; Save The Habitat. Save The Hunt.
“We welcome any hunter or anyone who wants to be a part of conservation and protecting hunting areas to join or learn more at nwtf.org.