Fall is in the air! You can’t tell it by the temperature, but with the kids back in school, the sounds of whistles and football helmets crashing together in the afternoon assures that hunting season is just around the corner. The beginning of hunting season means the Outdoor Extravaganza is finally here. This year’s event is on September 9. Gates open at noon. It is looking to be even bigger and better than last year. "In 2005, we registered over 1200 people and look forward to having even more this year," said Robert Bradow one of the organizers.

This year’s event will have gospel groups including Lake City’s Delivered. There will be lots of outdoor product vendors and merchandisers with their products for sale. We will have a pro shop here to tune your archery equipment as well selling that last minute hunting equipment. We will have a t-shirt company selling Christian and hunting and fishing t-shirts. Look for all the local truck dealers with their 4x4’s on hand for inspection as well as ATV’s and recreational vehicles, power tools and lawn equipment. An exciting addition to this year’s event is Lee’s Custom Service, Branson Tractors, and their PBR Bull-rider, Cory Navarre. "Cory will be signing autographs for all you bull ridin ‘junkies," said Bradow. There will be displays of mounted deer including a 228 inch Boone and Crockett buck as well as several over the 160 inch mark. Florida Game and Fish will be on hand displaying their helicopter and also scoring antlers for the big buck contest. You can bring your mounted deer heads and have them scored as well as largemouth bass for the Big Bass competition. RJ will have his monster truck “Kickin’ and Screamin’” for kids rides. Other activities for the kids is the ever popular fishin’ rodeo where they are timed lassoing catfish, goat ropin, where they can test their cowboy skills, and the turkey calling competition. For the adults, bow-hunters bring your bows for the 3D archery tournament. Top prize this year is a new Bowtech Tribute! We will have a hog callin competition, and the newest addition the Redneck Olympics! Participants will be timed as they run through a course completing different tasks, from casting a rod and reel to chugging 'RC Colas' and eating 'Moon Pies.' This competition offers some great prizes to the winners: a Benelli Duck’s Unlimited shotgun for first; a muzzleloader for second; and a Shimmano spinning combo for third.

Local cooks are encouraged to bring their pull behind cookers for the cooking competition. Contact A.W. Gaylard at 935-0263 for information or just show up at 8 a.m. to begin cooking. The distribution of meat for the competition will end at 8:30 am. The competitions will come to a close at 4:30 p.m. when a free Bar B Que dinner will be served.

Following all of the above, celebrity outdoorsman Al Stone will bring a heart-felt message to the local crowd. Shortly there after we will give away over $10,000 in prizes including, rifles and shotguns, tree-stands, and all sorts of outdoor goodies! Top prize this year is a camouflage golf cart. You must register to be eligible for all the prizes, participation in competitions and to receive a meal. Registration will only be at the south entrance by Sister’s Café on the greenway. Come dressed for the mess and bring a friend for a day of fun. Anyone with questions should call Robert Bradow at 208-9207 or Braxton Koon at 208-5396. We look forward to seeing you there.

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