Annual Coon Supper attracts hundreds

GILLETT (KATV) - An Arkansas tradition attracted people from hundreds of miles away Saturday evening.

The packed house at the 70th Annual Coon Supper in Gillett, Arkansas proved the delicacy never gets old.

"Oh, this is big," said Chad Phillip, a volunteer for the event.

Organizers said even though it's been held this time of the year for seven decades, it wasn't hard to fill the seats.

"We had one ticket left, I'm sure that'll be gone before the night's over," said Phillip.

People come from near and far to join in on the famous supper.

"They come from everywhere," said Maryann Fuhrman. "We have company that came all the way from Houston," she said.

One guest was visiting from hundreds of miles away.

"I was pretty surprised since we don't eat raccoon in Germany," said David Hoelscher.

Just as surprising as those who travel from far away are those who've been coming for decades.

"Since 1946. When it started," said Frank Wolfe said of how long he's been coming.

For some guests it's the food that calls them. But the people of Gillett say, for most, it's something more significant.

"How our community always pulls together when we do things," said Phillip.

All of the money raised from ticket sales goes toward scholarships for local high school graduates.