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Celebrating 50th annual Hunters BBQ & Outdoor Expo

Special to the Courier

Since 1962, the community of Bandera County has demonstrated its appreciation to the thousands of hunters who call Bandera "home" for the whitetail deer-hunting season each year.
A half century ago, the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce decided to celebrate the hundreds of deer hunters who visited Bandera County each fall. In those early days, local ranchers fed the hunters. An instant success, the so-named "Bandera Hunters Bar-B-Q" has become a true Hill Country tradition.
The 50th annual Hunters Bar-B-Q & Outdoor Exposition, slated for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mansfield Park Show Barn on Highway 16 North is expected to be bigger and better than ever. For this special anniversary, some of the old-timers are back to prepare the briskets the old-fashioned way.
A fun-filled, community-wide event, the Chamber's Hunters Bar-B-Q and Outdoor Expo not only signals the start of whitetail deer hunting season in Texas, but also welcomes a huge number of hunters and visitors to Bandera County. This event draws approximately 5,000 folks, including retailers, ranchers, families and professionals who all mingle for the fun, thrill of the hunt and the friendship and good times that follow.
Meal tickets are $10 for adult and $8 for children. Serving starts at 5:30 pm, and Charlie Montague will perform at the barbecue.
Expo highlights include exhibitors and displays showcasing the latest in hunting equipment, guns, knives, recreational vehicles, deer blinds, feeders and outdoor supplies, as well as local exhibitors' wares and gift ideas.
After the meal, there will be a giant 25-gun raffle and an auction that features "something for everyone," including quality hunting equipment, hunting trips, gifts and more. Kids - and adults, as well, can relax and enjoy the BB gun shooting gallery and interactive hunting exhibits.
"There is going to be a good combination of great food, great music, some interesting exhibits and a great auction," said Chamber Executive Administrator Leslie Lester. "It will be a fun night out for families and hunters, and we hope to see everyone there."
For more information, call 830-796-3280 or visit the website www.banderahuntersbbq.com.