Gillett coon supper set Saturday

The 70th annual Gillett Coon Supper is scheduled for Saturday and according to a member of the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club, the club is preparing to serve 600 pounds of raccoon.

“We’re also going to be cooking 24 briskets and we’ve got 12 or 13 cases of ribs for those people who don’t want to eat coon,” Chad Phillip said.

The menu will also include rice and sweet potatoes.

Even though this year is a non-election year, Phillip said the annual event is a “must-attend” for politicians.

Proceeds raised each year pay for two scholarships for high school seniors from the Gillett and Tichnor area who attend DeWitt High School.

“There’s an application form that the students fill out and we have a committee to review the applications and make the decision,” Phillip said, adding that the $750-per-year scholarships are renewable for four years.

Phillip said the program will include introduction of the graduating seniors, as well as music from a bluegrass band.

“If the governor comes, we will allow him to speak, and the same for any U.S. senators or congressmen,” Phillip said.

The annual event is sponsored by the Farmers and Businessmen’s Club, a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, and tickets are available by calling Larry Bauer at Merchant’s Bank at 870-946-3535; (home) 870-548-2859 or (mobile) 870-830-4002.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Gillett High School Gymnasium and tickets are $20.