By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor
“This is our one and only fundraising event of the year. All of the money we raise from our Fun Night goes to pay for local projects we conduct each year,” noted Steve Peter about the Caledonia Rod & Gun Club’s annual Fun Night.
The annual event, which has taken place for decades, will be held this Saturday, Feb. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Caledonia City Auditorium basement.
The Fun Night will feature door prizes, pull tabs, raffle tickets for wildlife prints and guns, a turkey dinner with all the fixings and beer and pop, all for $8. The turkey dinner will be served until 8 p.m.
Peter explained that the Rod & Gun Club will use the money to purchase feed for the deer herd and other wildlife the club has at their pens located near the Houston County Fairgrounds in Caledonia, along with the caring of the deer herd.
The herd currently consists of eight whitetail deer, including two albino whitetail bucks. The club plans to install several new sections of fencing inside the large pen to divide the area to better control the bucks.
The club also has mallard ducks and black Spanish turkeys in their wildlife display.
The money will also go to pay for the electric bill at the fairgrounds, covering the $2,200 cost of bringing the wildlife display to the Conservation Building during the county fair, contributions the local club makes to various benefits and the $500 scholarship the Rod & Gun Club provides each year to a graduating senior from Caledonia Area High School.
“The community and area businesses have always supported us with our Fun Night each year,” Peter said. “The businesses provide us with donated items for our door prizes and folks really turn out for the event.”
Persons wishing to enjoy the turkey dinner, which includes mashed potatoes, dressing, corn, buns and beverages, without attending the event can call for local deliveries at 725-3749 by Friday, Feb. 17.