The 2000 Hunters’ Appreciation Event, sponsored by several local and area businesses, merchants and landowners, will be held Friday, Nov. 3 (tonight) at Production Plus located on the corner of North Neches and Apple Streets in Coleman. The event will be similar to those held in the past, which have served thousands of persons interested in wildlife management in Coleman County. A barbecue meal will be catered to out-of-town hunters, beginning at approximately 6 p.m. and continuing until the food is gone. Due to the growth of the event, there will be a $5 admission charge per person to everyone to help defray expenses. The Hunters’ Appreciation Event was created several years ago to promote the hunting industry in Coleman County. It has grown through the years from an event that once served only 68 people in the first year to one that accommodated over 1,800 last year. Starting at around 7:30 p.m., a live band will provide entertainment until midnight or later. The event is unrivaled by any other in Coleman County. Hunters are encouraged to bring their “mounts” as there will be a contest for the “best mount” with the winner receiving a prize of $50. For more information, contact Brent Hemphill at C&B communications at 915-625-3030. Organizers of the event state that anyone wishing to show their appreciation to the out-of-town hunters can do so by making a donation to help defray expenses or volunteer to help with activities at the event Friday night. Please notify the local Chamber of Commerce of any intent to do so. The hunting industry is very visible as evidenced by the number of hunters seen in local restaurants, grocery stores, feed stores, motels and service stations. This year’s Hunters’ Appreciation Event will serve over 1,400 pounds of complimentary barbecue to out-of-town hunters. Many door prizes will be awarded and drawings held throughout the evening for various prizes, including deer rifles, feeders, corn, mineral blocks and many other prizes. A Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 ATV will also be raffled at approximately 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available at several Coleman businesses and organizations such as the Coleman Chamber of Commerce and the Coleman County Extension office.