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Killdeer gets wild: Fundraiser to feature wild game

Ethnic dishes are also part of this year’s event at the High Plains Community Center.

Killdeer Wild Game Feed
Members of the community move through the buffet line at the 2020 Wild Game Feed Dinner in Killdeer.
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KILLDEER, N.D. — The Dunn County Fair Association is inviting the area to take their taste buds for a walk on the wild side. Their 4th annual Wild Game Feed will be held Nov. 12 at the High Plains Community Center in Killdeer to raise money for the facility. Florine Lazorenko, Dunn County Fair Board member, said this year they are mixing things up and encouraging people to also bring ethnic dishes from any culture.

“With each dish anybody brings, they have to serve 25 to 30 people and we automatically give them $20 just to bring a dish in, to honor their dish,” Lazoranko said. “I have no idea what we're getting, but we just thought it would be fun to try something like this.”

April Rice, event coordinator for the HPCC, said some of the ethnic food people have discussed bringing include cheese buttons, soups, sausages and German potato salad.

In years past, some of the more exotic wild game dishes that have been served included rattlesnake, alpaca and alligator, Rice said. This year they plan to have rabbit, alligator, camel and rocky mountain oysters.

“Other than that it's kind of going to be a surprise,” Rice said.

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The event is free to attend and donations are encouraged, she said.

“Anybody anywhere can participate and show up with a dish,” Rice said. “We'll have plenty of space. Everybody's encouraged.”

No registration is required, but those who wish to bring a dish for either the wild game or ethnic categories should do so by 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 12, Rice said.

Each dish will be labeled so those who attend can vote on the best wild game and cultural dish.

“They will know what they're eating, but they don't know who made it,” Lazorenko said.

People’s choice cash awards will go to the first, second and third place winners in each category.

“Also we are going to recognize Thorris and Lynell Sandvick that night also for their dedication, because they were the ones that started this for this community center, and they both passed away,” Lazorenko said. “So we're going to be honoring them that night.”

The Sandvicks were active in the rodeo community and were heavily involved in building the HPCC, Rice said. Thorris Sandvick passed away in 2012 and his wife, Lynell, passed away in July.

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The wild game feed kicks off with a social hour starting at 2 p.m. The meal will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be live and silent auctions, a tree decorating contest, games and a raffle. The High Plains Community Center is located at 100 5th Ave. SW.

Ashley Koffler is a Killdeer, North Dakota native and Dickinson State University graduate, with a Bachelor’s Degree in writing, and minors in journalism and psychology. Formerly working in Community Affairs for Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development, her reporting focuses on Stark County and other rural municipality governments, community features, business and agriculture — among others.
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