Feeling game? Check out the Outdoor Festival

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 26, 2002

Feeling game? Or how about a little tame and just a little bit hungry?

If you are, then the upcoming Pike County Outdoor Festival and Game and Tame Cookoff might be just the ticket.

The inaugural event takes place Aug. 10-11 at the Cattleman Complex and Arena on U.S. 231 South of Troy.

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Educational seminars on managing land, pond and even hunting clubs are part of the program. The seminars are being coordinated and sponsored by the TREASURE Forest program and attendance will count toward TREASURE Forest certification.

Sponsored by South Alabama Electric Co-op, Ward’s Yamaha and Cooperative Propane, the festival is a project of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.

"It promises to bring statewide attention to Pike County and the Wiregrass, a region known for its outdoor activities from hunting and fishing to ATV-riding and landscaping," said Jenniffer Barner, community development director of the chamber.

The festival will include an extensive consumer show, featuring fishing and hunting products; crafts; equipment and supplies.

The seminars, which will be offered throughout the day of the event, will include programs on hunting club management, hunting club leases, landlocked land, pond management and wildlife and food plot management. All seminars are offered at no cost to attendees, but the class sizes will be limited to 30 people. Sign-up is on a first-come, first served basis at the festival, and Forest Masters participants will receive program credits for attending the seminars.

In addition to the expo and seminars, area chefs are invited to take part in the Game and Tame Cook-off. The culinary event takes place on Aug. 10, and hunters and non-hunters alike are invited to prepare fish, fowl or other game dishes. Awards and plaques will be presented to the winners.

Admission to the event will be a can of food per person, and all donations will benefit a local food bank.

Anyone wanting more information cn call the Chamber at 334.566.2294.