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Ravenous for wild game: Attendance at Wild Beast Feast tops 1,200

By Staff | Feb 7, 2020

Guest evangelist Larry Moyer shared the gospel through hunting stories at the 11th Annual Wild Beast Feast on Friday night. Toni Milbourne

RANSON-The 11th Annual Wild Beast Feast, hosted by Fellowship Bible Church on Friday night, drew its largest crowd to date, with 1,211 attendees.

The feast featured food prepared by FBC members, game dishes cooked over grills outside of the Ranson Civic Center and music performed by Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band.

“The food was delicious,” said first-time attendee Charity Hawkins, mentioning the meatloaf was her favorite food at the event. “For the crowd they had here, the organizers were on point with everything. It is a great group of people and I can’t wait until next year.”

The Wild Beast Feast is a family-friendly event, which has consistently grown over the years.

“It was a wonderful event,” said Paige Reese, of Shepherdstown, mentioning this was her first time at the event. “Everything from the music to the message, to the food was done well and done with entire families in mind.”

Shepherdstown resident Rick Dunbar was one of the lucky recipients of a hunting rifle at the Wild Beast Feast. Toni Milbourne

Guest speaker Larry Moyer, an avid hunter and evangelist, returned for his second time to speak at the event. Moyer is the founder and CEO of EvanTell, an organization that helps individuals, churches and ministries share the gospel clearly and simply. Moyer expressed his delight at once again sharing the gospel with those in attendance, which he did through sharing photographs and stories of his hunting experiences.

At the conclusion of the event, the annual gun and prize giveaway took place. Each attendee receives a ticket for the prize drawings. This year’s grand prize items for adults, included five hunting rifles: a Weatherby Vanguard Select .243; a Browning A-Bold III (AB#) .270; a Remington Model 870 Express 12 gauge shotgun; a Ruger 10/22 and a Marlin 45-70.

The recipients of the grand prizes were Donna Turner of Front Royal, Va.; Rick Dunbar, of Shepherdstown; Matt Rudy, of Mercersburg, Pa.; Michael Wilson, of Charles Town; and Jill Bonvillain, of Ranson.

In addition to the adult prizes, two youth grand prizes were won by Zach Moore and Rachel Beall — a Ruger 1022 air rifle and a Vortex compound bow.

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. Winners picked up their prizes at Valley Guns 2 in Inwood, where they went through the background check process.