The call is out to all local hunters, as well as any others interested in experiencing a" wild beast feast" on Saturday night at Fellowship Bible Church, 160 Daniel Road in Shenandoah Junction.
The annual event is a highlight of the hunting season as like-minded individuals gather with their special recipes made into delightful dishes to be judged as the best game dish. Tables are filled with dishes made from deer, bear, rabbit, squirrel and sometimes unexpected tastes such as groundhog and birds.
Judges pass through the lined up dishes, tasting each entered in the food preparation contest. They are judged not only on taste, but presentation as well, with the winner receiving recognition and prizes.
This year's "Beast Feast" takes on a new turn, according to Tim Helman, who serves as one of the deacons of the church.
"We want to make sure our focus is reaching out to those who need to hear the Word of God," Helman said. While the event has drawn in many members of the church over the years, Helman said he hopes to open the event to even more members of the community who don't necessarily come to church every Sunday.
Guest speaker Dr. R. Larry Moyer will share many photos of his own hunts and share testimony. Moyer received his Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1973 and entered full time evangelism and founded Evantell. He currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the board of EvanTell. The group's mission is to "declare the gospel clearly and simply, activate believers around the world and prepare the upcoming generations to reach the lost."
In addition to hearing the inspirational guest speaker, those attending the feast will enjoy all of the dishes prepared by their fellow hunters. They will also be able to win any number of door prizes offered during the evening including certificates for five deer rifles that will be given away.
Winners of the rifles will receive a certificate for the rifle. They will then go through the regular background checks for gun owners before receiving the gun.
The event is free and open to the public on Saturday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the church. It is not necessary to be a hunter to attend, said Richard Beddow, property manager and member of the feast committee. The doors are open to all who wish to attend. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share, even if it is not a wild game dish.
Moyer will speak again Sunday morning during the church's regular service times at 8:30 and 11 a.m. as well as at a special session Sunday evening dealing with how to share the gospel with others. All services are open.