Annual banquet supports love of hunting, projects and outdoor living

Justin Rhea of Ace Hardware is with John Lindsey, holding a Remington model 700; Caleb Britten, holding a Ruger 10/22; and Amanda Britten, holding a Thompson/Center .308; some of the guns people can win at the 16th Annual OHA Banquet on Saturday, April 4, at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

Now in its 16th year, the annual Sportsmen’s Banquet held by the Lake County Chapter of Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) is a popular event for both young and old alike.

The event will take place at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 4. Tickets are only available in advance and will not be sold at the door. Only 300 tickets are available for purchase. Three Sisters Catering will serve a tri-tip or chicken dinner along with dessert. Individual tickets start at $145, which includes membership to OHA and raffle tickets. Dinner for two starts at $195.

The evening is designed for youth who want to learn about hunting safely, and adults who support the various conservation and hunter safety efforts conducted by the Lake County Chapter of OHA.

There will be an adult and youth raffle with multiple guns and equipment as prizes. Games will include Plinko, darts, spin-the-wheel, a drop-your-shot board, and a bean bag toss where players can win extra raffle tickets.

While a percentage of the money from the event goes to the state chapter of OHA, the majority of funds raised stays within Lake County, where it finances wildlife habitat rehabilitation projects and hunter safety courses throughout Lake County.

Past projects include guzzlers that have been installed around Lake County, which help catch rain and funnel it into a well to provide water for wildlife during summer. The chapter has also worked on habitat rehabilitation including planting native plants, grasses, and shrubs; and at the same time knocking down noxious weeds. They work to maintain duck and goose boxes in the county, which provide a home for waterfowl. Other projects include funding sage-grouse research, helping to build fencing to protect riparian and aspen areas, and helping with juniper removal in an effort to restore streams and habitat.

Proceeds from the banquet also go towards youth day, which will take place on Saturday, June 27. Kids will have a chance to learn safety and proper handling of weapons and the opportunity to try them out.

For more information contact Kathy Lindsey at 541-947-3177.

The Lake County Fairgrounds are located at 1900 N. 4th St., Lakeview.

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