Pam Dudding
Contributing writer

As people entered Camp Tuk-A-Way nearly two hours early for the 11th Annual Wildlife Dinner hosted by the Craig Valley Gospel Fellowship, expectations were high and freely verbalized.

Photo by Pam Dudding
Over 300 people began arriving approximately two hours before the dinner was to be served.

“You’d better have cooked that bear just how I like it,” one hunter said to the cooks with a big smile.

“What do you have different this year?” another asked. “Any Rattler or possum?”

With more laughter, back pats and handshakes and hugs that could be counted, people slowly meandered in, found their favorite seat and then proceeded to look through the items for auction and purchase their raffle tickets for the big items.

Baked goods were for sale, but they didn’t stay on the tables very long at all.

Music permeated the atmosphere by two groups, Heavenbound and Randy Dudding and his friends. Attendees enjoyed the country, bluegrass and gospel music by tapping their feet or hands and bobbing their heads while others sang along.

As dinnertime neared, they had seated about 300 people. The blessing was asked and then table by…

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