Gillett gears up for coon supper

GILLETT — The 70th annual Gillett Coon Supper will be held in the Gillett High School Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 with proceeds benefitting scholarships.

The menu will include coon, baby-back ribs, brisket, rice, and sweet potatoes.

The program is sponsored by the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club, a non-profit and non-political club that has grown into an asset for the community of Gillett.

The club helps with efforts such as summer programs, school programs, an educational endowment fund, athletic and scholastic awards, and community service.

For the past four years the club has awarded the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Scholarship to two graduating seniors from the Gillett area. Each student received a $750 a year scholarship that is renewable for four years.

“The club continues to use all proceeds from the Coon Supper to fund these scholarships and we will award two more scholarships to seniors graduating in 2013,” a spokesman said. “These scholarships demonstrate the commitment that the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club has for the students in our area.”

The Gillett Coon Supper is the first and one of the largest events of its type held at the beginning of each New Year. The event will be attended by many national, state and local politicians, and people from all over Arkansas and surrounding states. There will be recognition of the DeWitt High School seniors from Gillett. Coon Supper T-shirts and hats will be available this year.

For ticket information, contact Larry Bauer at Farmers and Merchants Bank at 870-946-3535; (home) 870-548-2859, (mobile) 870-830-4002, or write to P.O. Box 577, Gillett, AR, 72055. For program information contact Chad Philipp at 870-548-2228 (home), 870-548-2554 (work), or 870-509-0413 (mobile).