Hundreds show for banquet

By Geoff Lee

February 2, 2016 12:04 PM

Curly Hallan (right) shows cellphone photos of some knives he made during a knife-making class at Storch Knives to Nadine Sawfell, left and Heather Burzinski during the banquet.

Five female students each bagged $1,000 scholarships during the annual family and awards banquet of the Lloydminster and District Fish and Game Association.
Post secondary students Kelsi Cox, Melodie Dyck, Nicole Mark, Fiona McRae and Jenna Merth were presented with the awards by Bill Armstrong the association’s scholarship chairman.
More than 450 members and supporters turned up at the Stockade Convention Centre Saturday night to applaud the students.
The banquet was also an opportunity to the present more than 30 awards for big game, fish and bird and photography competitions.
No one shot an alligator this year, but parts of one showed up on the menu for the first time.
“I’ve never hunted an alligator before, but we managed to purchase some from a distributor and brought it up from the south,” said association president Dwayne Davison.
“It’s the first time alligator was on the menu, first time I’ve eaten it, probably the first time a lot of people have eaten it.”
Master of ceremonies Kurt Price joked the gator came from the North Saskatchewan River.
More laughs were generated by the Don’t Mind Us improv comedy duo Mark and Lee.
The event also helped to raise funds for the association’s youth and habitat conservation programs.
“It’s a fun night for families and we want the youth to come out and enjoy the outdoors so that’s where it’s starts,” said Davison.
“We do target as many youth as we can also.”
The association’s scholarship program has been running since 1986 to assist qualified students from their membership area into post-secondary courses for careers in the environmental field.
Davison noted the membership has grown over the years to about 1,800 today.
“There’s a lot of outdoor people and they recognize the conservation aspect of our club and habitat for wildlife,” he said.
“There’s just a lot of people interested in it.”
The main sponsor of the evening, Exsile Outdoors, held a ping pong auction for 12 fishing packages valued at $350 a piece and a regressive draw for a $250 gift certificate at their store. There was also a ton of silent auction items up for bid and raffles galore.

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