Swamp East Chapter to combine annual banquets
SIKESTON -- The Swamp East Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fall banquet Oct. 24 at the Ramada Inn in Sikeston.
This will be the only DU banquet the chapter hosts all year.
"We usually have two events a year -- a sponsor and a membership banquet," said Swamp East chairman Jeremy Crook. "Usually we had one in the fall and one in the spring, but this year, we've decided to combine them. This will be a membership/sponsor banquet."
The group has held the annual banquet for over 30 years. The purpose of the event is to raise money for Ducks Unlimited. The Southeast Missouri region alone raises about $250,000 a year for the club.
"Ducks Unlimited uses the money to buy acreage to reinstate duck habitats," explained Crook. "They also do migration patterns, breeding and all that good stuff. They do a lot up in Canada and have spots all over the United States. In some areas, they help repopulate bald eagles and a few other semi-endangered species."
The banquet is an all you can eat seafood buffet. There will be Alaskan king crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, fried shrimp and catfish. For those who don't like seafood, there will also be roast beef and chicken.
"At our sponsor banquet last year, those crab legs were probably bigger in diameter than a silver dollar," said Crook. "There was no fighting to get the meat out. We were getting compliments two and three months after the dinner on how good it was."
The cost of the banquet is $40 a couple or $25 each.
The cost for a Green Wing is $15, and $300 for a sponsor.
There will also be door prizes, games and an auction.
"For $40 a couple, you really can't beat it," said Crook. "It's something that is really worth eating. We've got games where you can win prizes, we will have all our prints, guns, and we will have some new items that have never been at any of the banquets around here before."
The doors will open at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, Crook can be contacted at 576-2058.
"I just want to emphasize that this is our one banquet," said Crook. "I've heard people say they were going to wait and come to the other one in the spring. I don't want anybody to miss out."