The Annual Deer Festival and Outdoor Show is once again upon us. As cooling temperatures, and shorter days, have many residents anticipating deer season, individuals and organizations are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their projects and booths as attendees prepare to make their way for hours of family fun and events. This Deer Festival and Outdoor Show is an annual mainstay for sportsman and individuals who enjoy the outdoors. The first festival was held in 2002 and ever since then members of the Deer Capital Tourism Association have been working hard ever year to make the festival bigger and better than before!
Some of the events you can look forward to this year are the Deer Camp Chili Cookoff, Cutest Kids in Camo, Chainsaw carving contest and the Wall of Fame! Not to mention all the live entertainment, vendor booths and amazing food!
The Chili Cookoff will take place on Saturday, October 5th. The ever popular Chili sampling will start at 11:45 a.m. so make sure to get your wrist bands early! They are only $5.00! Interested in having a team? Check out www.deerfestival.com  for the official entry form and rules or call the Wildlife Heritage Center at 298-9933. All proceeds will go to operational cost of the Wildlife Center. This event is sponsored by the Antlers Masonic Lodge #39.
The Cutest Kids in Camo contest will take place on Saturday, October 5th at 5:00 p.m. Parent, here is the chance to show off your kids in their cutest camo outfits! Boys and girls will compete in 4 age categories, including a NEW baby contest this year! Entries will be taken onsite until 10 a.m. on Saturday for an additional fee. For more information or to get your entry form and rules contact Little Dixie CASA at 580-298-2921, 209-2082 or go to www.deerfestival.com . All proceeds will go to the CASA program. This event is sponsored by the Antlers Masonic Lodge #39.
Avid hunter or just get lucky that one time? Well if you think you have the best shoulder mount around why not enter it in The Antlers American Wall of Fame? Take your mount to the Fair building on Thursday, October 3rd between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and enter to win a cash prize of $200.00 for 1st, $100.00 for 2nd and $50.00 for 3rd place! There are no entry fees for this contest! Visitors of the festival will vote on the best mount, why can’t it be you? For more information or if you have any questions call The Antlers American at 298-3314.
Drawings will be held at the conclusion of the festival, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This year the DCTA will again return to the ever popular Cabin drawing, just in time for deer season! Chances are only $10 a piece and can be purchased at the festival or in advance by stopping by the Wildlife Center or The Antlers American, both in Antlers. You need not be present to win!
The festival promises plenty to see and do for the two days that it encompasses. For a complete look at what is scheduled to take place, including more contests and musical entertainment, see the Official Program of the Deer Festival and Outdoor Show, which can be found inside next week’s edition of The Antlers American.
See you at the festival!