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Calling all turkey hunting enthusiasts

| February 13, 2017
Chili Crossroads Bible Church has a display in its entryway showcasing information about its upcoming turkey calling contest and wild game dinner. Josie Sellers | Beacon

Chili Crossroads Bible Church has a display in its entryway showcasing information about its upcoming turkey calling contest and wild game dinner. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Chili Crossroads Bible Church has added a new event to its calendar for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

The church at 29445 County Road 10 is known for its wild game dinner, but this year also will host a turkey calling contest.

“We realized we have a lot of turkey hunters in our area,” said Pastor Neal Dearyan. “Our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation also is recognized for having the most new members, raising the most money and having the most people at its banquet and they are helping with this by contributing prize money and trophies.”

This new event for the church will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18. Doors open for registration at 11:30 a.m. and attendees can enjoy $1 jumbo slices of the church’s homemade pizza until the contest starts at 1 p.m. Admission for spectators is free, but contestants must pay a $10 pre-registration fee or $15 at the door.

There will be two divisions: Adult (15+) and junior (14 and under). The first place winner in each division will receive a $100 cash prize and there will be trophies for the top four finishers in each division. Winners will be asked to demonstrate their skills at the wild game dinner on Sunday, Feb. 26.

“If we have enough younger kids interested we will also throw together a JAKES division on the fly,” said Dearyan.

You can register to compete in the contest by visiting the church’s website www.chilibiblechurch.org, calling the church at 740-545-9707, or by purchasing a ticket at Woodbury Outfitters in Coshocton, Kidron Sports Center on State Route 39 between Millersburg and Walnut Creek, or Charm Outdoors in Charm. Anyone who placed in or won a sanctioned calling contest is not eligible to compete.

Proceeds from the turkey calling contest and the wild game dinner will help send youth to church camp.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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