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Gala celebrates hunting’s legacy in Bandera County

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For nearly 60 years, an event with a name that thrills hunters has signaled the beginning of deer season in the Bandera area.

The 57th annual Buck- Fest will be held at Mansfield Park, on Friday, Nov. 1. The park is located at 2886 Highway 16 North just outside of Bandera. Sponsored by the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce, BuckFest celebrates the annual autumnal invasion of hunters to the county and their spending impact in the community.

Nearly 400 visitors enjoyed the 2018 annual BuckFest gala, officials said.

Then Chamber President Jaki Perkins said last year that BuckFest is a celebration of Bandera’s hunting legacy, which is deep.

Studies indicate that hunting is a $2.2 billion industry in the state of Texas, and it has been a big contributor for decades to the Bandera economy and the hospitality interests that bolster the local economy.

The BuckFest Dinner and Dance event will start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m.

BuckFest includes a gun raffle, silent and live auctions and music by the band The Derailers. Admission is $50 per person.

“Banderans love their historic roots, and our business community is hard working, hard playing, and dedicated to serving our visitors and locals with the absolute best products and services available,” said Chamber Executive Director Heather Odom.

“We at the chamber embrace our primary industry of tourism while reaching for new frontiers to enhance the quality of life in Bandera. The annual BuckFest allows us the opportunity to raise funds to continue the mission here in our community,” she said.