By Joyce Ritchie
Nature and kids of Ashland were the recipients of the work of the Ashland County Wildlife Conservation League during their 5th annual Cabin Fever Banquet held recently at the Ashland Eagles Club #2178 in Ashland.The banquet room was filled with youth and nature enthusiasts with items that carried the interests of the supporters and more. Beyond the social hour and meal, there were silent auction items, live auction items, raffles of numerous items, and games for the attendees. Members of the Ashland County 4-H Shooting Sports were present to lead the opening ceremonies and later to clear the banquet tables. Auctioneers Dick Dilgard and Mike Earick, of Dilgard and Associates, assisted with the live auction of framed nature prints, guided hunts or trips, and other wildlife decorated items. Various individuals and business participated in providing the other raffle and auction items of the evening with Andy McClure and Brian Banbury serving as emcees during the evening.Mr. Tom Goon of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2178 shared the $10,000 grant obtained to the league's Banquet Chairman Dave Hoover. The ACWCL officers include President Andy McClure, Vice-President Henry Beecher, and Secretary Rose Horst."On behalf of the Ashland County Wildlife Conservation League, we would like to thank those for participating in the 5th Annual ACWCL Cabin Fever Banquet. Through events like this ACWCL is able to continue to assist with area wildlife, land conservation, and educating our youth with programs like Kid's Day. A special note of thanks is given to the numerous sponsors and volunteers who make this event successful," President McClure shared.All youth under 18 years present were offered a chance to win a youth firearm given by Heffelfinger Insurance. The ticket drawn was held by most likely the youngest person present, Christian Pascarella, Jr. The prize was presented to his father on his behalf. All ladies present were given a camouflage sweatshirt donated by sponsor Fin, Feather, Fur Outfitters.