The annual Wildlife Jamboree held each year at the Neshoba Coliseum for at least 26 years has grown to having 3,000 or more attending each year. This year the event will open its doors at 4:30 p.m. on November 12. The cost is $3 per person, age 6 and under admitted free. Youth activities will get started at 3:30 p.m., however.

Youth activities will be held just outside of the coliseum at the stall barn area. These activities will consist of an archery contest and an air rifle contest. The youth archery and air rifle contest will be held from 3:30 p.m. till 5 p.m. There will be a compound division and recurve division in archery. There will only be one division in the air rifle contest. Each of these divisions will be broken down into 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18 age groups. Participants will have to provide their own compound bows. We will provide recurve bows and air rifles to competitors. A big buck contest will also be held with a youth division as well. All of these youth contest are open to youth age 18 and under.

The Big Buck Contest will be conducted again this year. It needs to be a mounted buck taken from last season. All hunters from the surrounding area are eligible to participate. The divisions are 1) Youth ages 18 and under, 2) Adults age 19 and over and 3) Primitive Weapon. These deer mounts are to be brought to the Coliseum Monday, November 11 by 5:00 p.m.

This year the Extension Service will be offering some additional educational booths. By participating in the educational booths row you can earn the opportunity to win some of the top door prizes given away that night. For more information please call (601) 656-4602.

There will also be a wild game tasting buffet at the Wildlife Jamboree. If you will contribute a dish to this buffet you will receive five free tickets on a gun raffle to be held that evening.

We will not have a speaker this year. Instead we will have videos running on a screen put together by the various USDA agencies that put on the Wildlife Jamboree. We hope participants at this yearís Wildlife Jamboree will enjoy this session.

We hope you will come and bring your whole family. It will be an evening with something for everyone. Stew will be provided and many vendors will be on the floor and concourse displaying their items related to the outdoors.


• Nov. 13 - Leadership Neshoba, 8 a.m., Community Development Partnership Depot.

• Nov. 13 - County 4-H Council, 3:30 p.m., Neshoba Coliseum.

• Nov. 16 - Hunter Education Class, 8 a.m., Senior Citizen Center, Northside Park in Philadelphia. Until next week, get into 4-H!