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2013-01-24

Wild game dinner moves to Mansfield Park

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Grace Lutheran Church's annual wild game dinner has outgrown the church, so this year, the congregation opted to move the popular event out to Mansfield Park.
"Our fellowship hall and parking have grown too small to handle the wonderful crowds we get for this event," said a spokesman. "We hope this move will encourage even more folks to come out and enjoy the meal."
Serving will be Saturday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 7 pm.
Veteran wild game gourmands and newbie's alike will have no complaints about the generosity of the servings, since it's all-you-can-eat! There will be the usual variety of wild game meats, including white tail, axis, javelina and more, served with all the trimmings, for a donation of $15 per adult and $5 for children, 4-12 years of age. Each adult ticket purchased will include a raffle ticket as well.
In addition, delicious venison summer sausage will be for sale to take home and enjoy later. The youth of the church will tempt customers with plenty of delicious desserts to finish off the meal.
If you find it more convenient, take-out will also be available.
The Bandera church has been hosting the event for 26 years, and renamed it last year to honor the memory of its founder and most enthusiastic supporter, the late Werner Lindig, so it is now known formally as the Lindig Memorial Wild Game Dinner.
Grace Lutheran will use funds raised to upgrade church facilities. As an added bonus, diners' generous donations will be partially matched by the local Hondo-Del Rio chapter of Trivent Financial for Lutherans.
"So many of our members work so hard to make this event a success, including many winter Texans who call Grace their church home during their stay in Bandera County," said a spokesman. "Come out and meet all of us and let us get to know you, too, during this fun fellowship."
Team leaders supervise details that range from decorating the hall and providing the musical entertainment for the evening to breading the meat for the "Fry Daddies" and "Grill Lizards" in charge of cooking. And, the "Pit Crew" works through the night to have the wild hog tender and moist.

The 26th annual Bandera Grace Lutheran Church Wild Game Dinner will take place from 4 pm until 7 pm, Saturday, Jan. 26 at Mansfield Park. Toiling behind the scenes, at last year's dinner, Susan Henry, Linda Aschenbeck, and Erlene Dexter readied cutlets of wild game for the "Fry Daddies" to work their magic.