Organizers with the fourth annual Sportsman Freedom Banquet are gearing up for the event.

Organizers with the fourth annual Sportsman Freedom Banquet are gearing up for the event.

This year, the event will be held on Saturday, March 22, at Neosho’s First Baptist Church.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and 12 and under are free, with a paid adult ticket.

“Our main purpose is to gather Sportsman together share God’s Word, to celebrate our Bill of Rights, including but not limited to The Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, The right to Keep and Bear Arms,” said Brad Harris, a sportsman banquet committee member. “It is open to both sportsmen and sportswoman. Even though it is a sportsman’s event, lots of non- sportsmen and woman attend. This event will be sold out, only a few tickets remain. I strongly encourage anyone wanting to attend to call the church office, 451-2375 or stop by and get your ticket.”

The meal will be catered by Family Market, as well as an assortment of wild game, alligator, assorted venison, raccoon, possum, waterfowl, crawfish gumbo, to name a few items.
Also during the event, they will honor veterans and wounded warriors with a musical tribute.

“Without our veterans, there are no freedoms,” he said. “Following a great meal, we will introduce our guest speakers. First will be Anthony "Maverick" Norris, US Army Wounded Warrior, Afghanistan, followed by our featured speaker Chuck McAllister, host of the Former Adventure Bound hunting show on The Outdoor Channel.”

There will also be a lot of door prizes.

“(There will be) more than 10 guns to be given away, compound bows, knives, fishing equipment, game calls, scents, lures, autographed outdoor books Hunting DVD’s and much more,” Harris said. “Our grand prize amazing Black Rain Ordnance 5.56 NATO Stainless Rifle, hydrographic film dipped by 4-States Hydro. (That gun) is valued well more than $2,000. Giving away this many guns and to have the outstanding Black Rain rifle as our grand prize make this by far our biggest event ever.”