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Duck Classic to begin with banquet

Duck Classic banquet to kickoff two-day event. (Source: NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation) Duck Classic banquet to kickoff two-day event. (Source: NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation)
14th annual Duck Classic features dinner, auction and hunt on Dec. 8 and 9. (Source: NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation) 14th annual Duck Classic features dinner, auction and hunt on Dec. 8 and 9. (Source: NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation)
Duck Classic moves from the NEA District Fairgrounds to the ASU Convocation Center this year. (Source: NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation) Duck Classic moves from the NEA District Fairgrounds to the ASU Convocation Center this year. (Source: NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Duck hunters could have a big weekend ahead of them. The 14th annual Duck Classic, benefiting NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, begins with a dinner and auction on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the ASU Convocation Center.

Tickets are $50 and the banquet is open to the whole family.

“We have a banquet which features silent auction items, live auction items,” Robbie Johnson, Director of Development for the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, said. “It’s an incredible event; great for the family.”

Johnson is in charge of raising funds for NEA Baptist Healthcare System.

“We have five programs that give back to the community. We have HopeCircle that gives patients with a cancer diagnosis—all the way to share hope that deal with families who have lost a baby,” Johnson said. “The proceeds that are raised through Duck Classic—they go to help people people in Northeast Arkansas. When people participate, they’re actually helping people here.”

Raffle tickets are sold for $100 and include chances to win a Duck Truck, Polaris Ranger, Stoeger M3500, Benelli Nova and 10 changes to win $200. Only 600 tickets will be sold and the winner need not be present to win.

“We are moving locations. We’ve been at the fairgrounds,” Johnson said. “We started at the ROTC building out at ASU. This year, we are moving to the Convocation Center which gives us more space. It’s going to be a wonderful venue. So, we are really excited. The grand classic raffle. I’m driving the duck truck today. People stare everywhere you go. It’s all decked out in camo.”

Doors open at 5 p.m., with food from John 3:16 Ministries to be served at 5:30 p.m.

“DNW has been a huge sponsor of this event,” Johnson said. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

The Duck Classic Hunt happens on Fri., Dec. 9. All slots for the hunt are filled.

For more information on Duck Classic, call 870-936-8492 or go to the official website, just go to: DuckClassic.com

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