Originally created 02/28/97

Calling all game cooks



All sorts of animals - some on display and others on the grill - will be featured Saturday at the annual Cookin' For Kids Wild Game and Fish Cook-off and Exposition at the Julian Smith Casino.

The display this year includes a white tiger, a cougar, a lynx, two hedgehogs, two lion cubs, an 8-week-old tiger, a 4-month-old tiger and an 8-week-old black bear. Trained birds of prey will fly above the grounds, and Okefenokee Joe will give one of his snake demonstrations. Jack Russell terriers will compete in races and costumes.

Over at the cooking pit, teams will compete to see who can cook up the best venison, catfish filet, rattlesnake stew and other dishes involving animals from the wild. Winners get cash prizes.

People can sample venison, quail and boar from experienced wild-game chefs.

There's also a Wild West "Watering Hole," children's games and a calling contest sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The event benefits the Shelter and Advocacy Center for Abused Children.

Tonight, a $20-per-person preview party featuring country music, barbecue and live and silent auctions at the Julian Smith Casino gets the weekend going.

Cook-off

What: Cookin' For Kids Wild Game and Fish Cook-offWhen: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Washington Road How much: $5 in advance, $7 at gate. Children younger than 8 admitted free. Tickets available at Smile gas stations.For more information: Shelter for Advocacy and Abused Children, 737-4631