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10th Annual Wild Beast Feast set for Jan. 25

By Staff | Jan 18, 2019

Fellowship Bible Church's annual Wild Beast Feast is coming up on Jan. 25 at the Ranson Civic Center. Last year, the event drew over 800 attendees. Toni Milbourne

RANSON — Fellowship Bible Church in Shenandoah Junction will once again host its 10th Annual Wild Beast Feast on Jan. 25. The event will be held at the Ranson Civic Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

This event is a celebration of the outdoors, presented by FBC church members who are passionate about hunting, fishing and shooting, and enjoy the opportunity to gather together and celebrate these American pastimes. The guest speaker this year is FBC’s senior pastor, Van Marsceau.

Marsceau grew up in southern Michigan, where he had many opportunities to hunt rabbits, pheasants and deer, along with great waterfowl hunting over decoys on the Kalamazoo River. Shooting ducks on local farm ponds was also a pastime of his as well.

As he continued to develop his love for the outdoors, Marsceau spent four summers following high school working in the bush of Alaska, including two summers of commercial salmon fishing on the Yukon River. This provided a unique opportunity to experience life in the “last frontier.”

After graduation from Appalachian Bible College, Marsceau entered full-time pastoral ministry. For the past 22 years, he has served as senior pastor at FBC.

According to event co-chair John Goff, “The goal is to provide a gospel message while reaching out to those in the community who enjoy the outdoors as much as we do.”

“This event provides a way for our church members to meet others in the community who are also avid hunters and fishermen, and to share a meal and conversation,” Goff said.

In addition to Marsceau’s message of the gospel, which he sees as the main reason for the outreach event, attendees can enjoy the music of Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band.

During its 20 years of entertaining bluegrass audiences in the Mid-Atlantic region, Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has been named “West Virginia’s classic bluegrass band” by Around the Panhandle Magazine, and praised as “mainstream bluegrass at its best” by Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine.

Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band features Libby Files on vocals and bass, Brett Smeltzer on mandolin and vocals, Kenton “Red” Catlett on guitar and vocals, and Troy Stangle on banjo, dobro and vocals.

The Wild Beast Feast is a family-friendly event, and the church members hosting the event encourage families to attend. While now in its 10th year, the event began as a small gathering at the church, but has continued to grow and become a way for the church to reach out to the community.

At the conclusion of the meal, the annual gun and prize giveaway will take place. Each person in attendance will receive an entry ticket for the prize drawings. This year’s grand prizes include an Arthemis 12 Guage Over/Under; a Rossi .410 Single Shot; a Ruger 10/22 22LR; a Ruger American 30-06; and a Henry .308.

Each of the guns given at the event are donated by individuals for the event. All state and federal firearm laws are followed and any individual who wins one of the guns must pass a standard Federal application and background check. Although the guns will be on display at the Jan. 26 event, winners will need to pick up their prizes at Valley Guns 2 in Inwood, where they will go through a background check.

In addition to the grand prizes, Goff said, there will be many other hunting, camping and fishing-related door prizes. A separate prize table will be set up for children’s prizes for those 13-and-under.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages two-to-13, while children under two are free. Tickets can be purchased on the church website at www.fellowshipwv.org. Advanced ticket purchases are suggested, as they help the church to estimate the correct amount of food to prepare for the feast.

The meal will not only include wild game such as deer, moose and elk, but will also feature traditional dishes, such as lasagna, chili, shepherd’s pie and more.

Additional information about the Wild Beast Feast can be found on the church website or by calling the church office at 304-728-3700.