Smith School travel group scores big in fundraiser


This year’s antler show was a huge success! ‘Show Off Your Rack’ was organized to raise money for students from Smith School traveling to Australia and New Zealand in July 2020. We are so happy with how it went, and we raised a huge amount of money. Everyone attending had positive things to say, and many asked if we were going to do it again next year. We would love to hold another event and already have plans to make it bigger and better!

We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of everyone who came out and bought tickets, as well as those who gave donations and sponsored prizes.

We had hourly 50/50 draws, a table of fantastic raffle items, door prizes as well as draws for a junior starter bow, a gift certificate from Extreme Taxidermy for $1,100 and three firearm draws. There were some decorative painted skulls to admire, as well as an antler dream-catcher and a skunk pelt to bid on.

There were some impressive antlers entered. Our scorers, Brian Rudyk and Lois Robocon, were kept busy with their measuring tapes determining the winners.

Hunters attended from Smith and surrounding area, Slave Lake, High Prairie, Kinuso, Athabasca, Dapp, and even Edmonton and Onoway, all vying for the top $100 prize for their species.

People who didn’t harvest a big buck in 2018 were encouraged to bring anything to show because by doing so, they were entered in the draw for the firearms. There were some massive elk antlers, moose sheds, some unique non typical racks and even some little ‘spikers’ to look at. It was a great opportunity for people to get together and share their stories and admire some amazing trophies.

There are so many people to thank for making this event a success, and we hope that it was enjoyed by all those who attended.

Ladies’ Overall winner Joan Everhart, left, receives her certificate from event organizer Jennifer Mcleod.
Mcleod presenting young Sawyer Willis with his prizes – a trail cam and a knife.
Jordan Mcleod was a winner in a draw for a rifle.
Boone & Crockett horn scorer Lois Robocon hard at work.
Shaun Rempel, right, was a winner for his Typical Mule Deer entry. Presenting is James Weinrich, representing event sponsor Weinrich Contracting and Secure Rentals.
Dwight Chernish, left, and Dayne Mcleod, taking a look at Chernish’s non-typicall white-tail antlers.

Thanks to Jennifer Mcleod for the story and the photos. There was more of both things, but this is all the space we had for it.

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