Redwood makes ready for 44th annual Turkey Shoot

Published 6:13 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Redwood Elementary School will hold its 44th annual Turkey Shoot.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the school, will also include a carnival and a raffle.

Buddy Wooten, who serves as the school’s principle, said a former student of the school, was the one who first organized the event.

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“Johnny Brewer was one of the first organizers of the turkey shoot. He was a graduate of Redwood when it was a 1st – 12th grade school,” Wooten said.

Brewer also played football for the school, Wooten said, eventually furthering his career by playing on the collegiate level and professionally.

“He (Brewer) later came back to Redwood with his family,” Wooten said, and decided one way to give back to the community was to reach out to the students from his former school.

Funds raised, each year from the Turkey shoot, Wooten said, go directly to Redwood.

“The money raised from the turkey shoot is used for student activities and rewards. It also provides teachers with classroom supplies, and we will also use the money to build a new playground,” he said. The turkey shooting line will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wooton said, and the cost for one shot on the shooting line is a $2 raffle ticket.

Those purchasing raffle tickets for the shooting line will also have a chance at a $10 cash prize.

Also, all those who purchase raffle tickets, whether on the shooting line or not, will have a chance at a first, second and third place cash prize.

First place, Wooten said, will be $500 donated by Big River Shipbuilders/Yazoo River Towing, second place $250 donated by River City Vinyls and third place $100 donated by Woodland Animal Clinic.

The carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets will be sold at five for $1 the week before the carnival, Wooten said, and four for a $1 the day of the carnival.

Carnival games include a Jr. turkey shoot, a balloon pop, Wheel of Fortune, a fish bowl toss, a tattoo parlor and go fishing.

There will also be a chicken walk.

“This is like a cake walk, but the prize is frozen chicken tenders,” carnival coordinator Natalie Azlin said.

The carnival will also have an inflatable bounce house along with carnival concessions.

“The atmosphere of the carnival during the turkey shoot is fun and exciting. There are fun fall activities for the whole family.

“There are lots of exciting games, prizes to be won like candy and toys, and carnival food and snacks in our concession stands. Come join in on the fun,” Azlin said.

Raffle tickets for the event can be purchased from any Redwood student or at the school, 100 Redwood Road, or by calling 601-636-4855.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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