SHELDON—A barbecue dinner, prizes and an inspirational message from a nationally recognized speaker is in store for those who attend the 19th annual Sportsman’s Banquet on Saturday evening in Sheldon.
First Reformed Church is sponsoring the event, which will take place at the Crossroads Pavilion event center, with doors to open at 6 p.m. and the dinner to start at 6:30 p.m.
Adult tickets for the banquet cost $15, and tickets for youth ages 14 and younger cost $10. Tickets are available at First Reformed Church’s office or on its website and Facebook page. Ordering adult tickets online comes with a convenience fee of $2.55; the online fee for youth tickets is $2.24.
“One of the highlights is always the meal. People really enjoy the barbecue meal a lot,” said Shelley Hoogers, director of outreach and discipleship at First Reformed.
On Q BBQ of Round Lake, MN, will cater the meal, which will consist of baby back ribs, smoked sirloin, herb-roasted baby red potatoes, smoked beans and dinner rolls.
“Then for people who are hunters and fishers, it’s just neat to hear the speaker, usually coming from a different area of the country, with their own expertise and their own knowledge to share with us,” Hoogers said.
The featured speaker for this year’s banquet will be outdoor writer and motivational speaker Tracy Breen, who lives in Muskegon, MI.
Breen, 41, said he has been a speaker for various events around the country since he was 20 years old.
“So, a long time,” he said.
His presentation at the Sportsman’s Banquet is titled “Big Game on a Budget,” in which he will talk about traveling around the country on limited finances.
He also will speak of personal challenges he has faced from having cerebral palsy and the role his faith in God has played in his life.
Breen’s focus on faith will go to the heart of what Hoogers said the banquet is all about.
“It’s a way for us to introduce people to Christ for the first time,” she said. “Or, if you’ve already known Christ for a long time, to encourage you in your faith.”
Last year, the event drew a crowd of 335 people while previous years have seen about 375 people in attendance.