McCulloch County’s first hunter’s appreciation event complete with food, entertainment and drawings for a Kawasaki Mule and a variety of rifles and sporting goods, is being planned for Thanksgiving weekend. KNEL 95.3 FM in Brady has announced it will host the first Heart of Texas Hunter’s Extravaganza Dinner Saturday, Nov. 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady. Lynn Farris, KNEL owner and general manager, said the station decided to take on hosting the event in response to the encouragement of local business owners and residents who felt McCulloch County should have a hunter’s event similar to ones offered in other communities. Farris said the Hunter’s Extravaganza is designed to not only provide hunters visiting the Heart of Texas with good food, entertainment and a chance to win some outstanding prizes, but also to let those hunters know the entire community appreciates the contributions they make to the area. Among the highlights of the evening will be drawings for a variety of hunting and sporting goods with the grand prize of the night being a new 2007 Kawasaki 610 4X4 Mule. Other prize drawings will be for 17 rifles and shotguns, including a Browning Citori White Lighting 12 ga. over-and-under, Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe .270 rifle; Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker .270 and a Marlin 1895 guide gun .45-70 lever-action rifle. A deluxe deer blind from Texas Wildlife Supply and deer feeders from Higginbotham’s will also be among the top prizes to be included in the drawing, plus a variety of sporting goods and home decor items will be offered as door prizes. Admission to the Hunter’s Extravaganza is $10 for all ages and includes a chance for the door prize drawings and one ticket for the rifle drawings. Tickets for the Kawasaki Mule drawing are $10 each. All other tickets for the guns, feeders and the deer blind are $1 each. For added fun and prizes, a special penny drawing and a 52-card drawing will be offered, and there will also be a special drawing for a ladies’ gift basket valued at over $500. Tickets are currently on sale at the KNEL studio, the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce office, Jacoby Feed & Seed and Jacoby’s Cafe in Melvin and at Keith’s Ace Hardware. Hard Eight Pit Barbecue will be serving up a meal of barbecue brisket and sausage with all the trimmings, and there will be toe-tapping entertainment throughout the evening. Helping out with serving and clean-up will be members of the McCulloch County 4-H Club. McCulloch County Project Graduation will also be on hand selling tickets for several prizes that includes a deer feeder donated by Texas Wildlife Supply. For more information, call 325-597-2119 or visit www.knel radio.com.