Gator, roo on menu for wild game dinner

LionsCMYKIf you have an adventurous palette, chances are you will be attending the Waconia Lions Club’s 31st annual Wild Game Dinner that will be held at the Lake Waconia Event Center on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The doors open at 4 p.m. and attendees can enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres until dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. The dinner will feature a number of scrumptious delights all hailing from wild game.
“This year, we’ll have elk, rabbit, pheasant, several different kinds of fish … all types of wild game,” said Jim Sanborn, president of the Waconia Lions Club. “And I just got word that we will be having both alligator and kangaroo at this year’s game dinner. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never had kangaroo before.”
The event also includes gun and cash raffles — the “BIG” raffle features 125 items, including 20+ guns — as well as a silent auction. Three $100 cash prizes will be given away as door prizes. Clark Machtemes, Peter Gustafson and Tim Berry of Traveled Ground will perform live music.
Sanborn said the event traditionally attracts more than 500 people and is the one event where “all hands are on deck” in terms of participation from the club members. He added that it’s not uncommon for folks from surrounding communities to associate “wild game dinner” with the Waconia Lions Club.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are available at Bob’s Barber Shop, Hardware Hank, Mackenthun’s County Market, Waconia Ford, and by contacting (612) 810-0410.
“We’ve been blessed in recent years with good weather so we’re hoping for good weather and a great turnout,” said Sanborn, noting that the dinner is probably the Lions’ biggest fundraiser of the year. The club’s other major fundraisers include the brat stand at the county fair and the calendar raffle.
“After all the bills are paid, we probably raise $7,000 to $9,000 from the dinner,” Sanborn said. “But the event is about more than just the money. It builds the goodwill of the community and helps make Waconia a destination.”
Sanborn thanked all of the sponsors that donated money or items for the event.
“Almost every business in town gives us something,” he said, adding that the raffle is always a fun part of the event. “You never know what you’re going to get in the raffle. It’s always the bald guy who wins the free haircut. It’s always a good time.”

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