Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever to hold annual banquet Feb. 2

January 28, 2019

The 20th annual banquet of the Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever Chapter will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Witoka Tavern and Banquet Hall, 27999 County Road 9, Winona. Tickets are $25 for dinner, $50 for the membership and dinner, and $20 for a Ringneck (under 18).

The menu will consist of smoked pork loin, baby red potatoes with garlic, green beans with almonds, Caesar salad, dessert, coffee and milk. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.

There will be 300 raffle tickets at $10 each for a chance to win $1,000 cash and two $250 cash prizes. All letter recipients will have an opportunity to purchase tickets until the 300 tickets are sold. There will also be a chance to purchase a $10 raffle ticket to win a Ford F-150 truck from Dahl Automotive. For either of these raffles, you do not need to be present to win.

One-hundred percent of the money raised at the annual banquet is spent within the tri-county area. The chapter maintains control of all funds raised, and it invests the money into the local community.

The Winona/Root River Chapter of Pheasants Forever promotes youth events in the outdoors. The chapter held its annual youth hunt Oct. , with 16 youth participating in trap shooting, learning about native prairie, watching trained hunting dogs work in the field and accompanying a mentor on the pheasant hunt.

The chapter also sponsors three high school trap shooting teams in the area.

The chapter, in partnership with La Crescent elementary school, completed a one-acre pollinator prairie project. The project enabled more than 60 students to participate in the hands on seeding of a native prairie. This prairie will be a wonderful educational tool for many generations of students.