A beast of a feast

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Tickets to annual event on sale next Saturday


Want to sink your chops into a tasty chunk of alligator tail or wild boar?
If so, you better be in line early Saturday, Feb. 12 when tickets for the wildly popular Beast Feast go on sale at Sand Spring Baptist Church.

Only 500 tickets are available for the annual event, and will given out for a $15 donation each from 9 to 11 a.m. The ticket limit is 10 per person, and no tickets will be held.
Don’t come too early, though. The church doors will open at 7 a.m., followed by a free breakfast at 8.
Now in its ninth year, the Beast Feast has become the hottest ticket in town each February, as sportsmen and their families gather to celebrate a successful year of hunting, fishing and fellowship.
This year’s feast is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 in the church’s new sanctuary.
This year’s guest speaker will be Mike Jones, pastor of B3 church and an avid hunter and outdoorsman from Northern Kentucky.
Also appearing will be the Moron Brothers, a comedy duo that has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and is known for its down-home comedy, original humorous songs, including, “If My Nose Was Running Money, I’d Blow It All On You.”
Ellery Milburn said he and his fellow organizers never dreamed that the feast would ever grow into such a wild success.
Milburn said the event’s first year was greeted with an ice storm that knocked power out across the county. Fortunately, though, the church had power and a crowd of 300 showed up.
“We expected maybe 150 to 200 people,” he said. “It’s just grown from there.”
Milburn said funds raised during the feast are poured back into the event, allowing organizers to bring in big-name celebrities and provide great door prizes.
He said he, Rusty Johnson and Scott Brown came up with the idea as away of getting the men of Sand Spring Baptist more involved in fellowship, and as a community outreach project.
“One of the connections was hunting and fishing,” he said. “Most men like to hunt, fish or at least eat.”
It didn’t take long, though, for the three men to realize they were onto something big.
“The cool thing about is that on the first one, we had about 20 people working,” Milburn said. “Now we have 120 to 150 people working, including people from other churches.”
Local hunters supply the meat, he said, and former Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Don McCormick oversees its preparation.
Speakers and door prizes are certainly highlights of the annual feast, but what really draws folks in is the menu, Milburn said.
“Where else can you go and get such a wide variety?” he said. “We have deer, elk, wild boar, fish and alligator tail this year, and lots of it.”
Those selections will be prepared in a variety of ways, he said.
“We’ll serve everything from meatloaf to burgers to chili. People like to see what they can do with their wild game, plus the food is good.”
Milburn said previous attempts to serve more people have proved difficult.
“We tried it outside, once, and have thought about doing it off campus,” he said, “but then we don’t have as much control and there are more opportunities for trouble.
“Besides, even Rupp Arena can only serve so many people.”