GILLETT — The Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club will host the 75th annual Coon Supper Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Gillett Elementary School Gymnasium. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.


The menu will include coon, baby-back ribs, brisket, rice, sweet potatoes, and cake, a spokesman said in a news release.


Miss Arkansas Maggie Benton will attend. This year’s entertainment will be Congressman Rick Crawford and the Triple Nickel Band.


“The Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club is a non-profit and non-political club that has grown into an outstanding asset for the community of Gillett,” the spokesman said. “The club helps with efforts such as summer programs, school programs, an educational endowment fund, athletic and scholastic awards, and community service.”


For four years the club has awarded the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Scholarship to two graduating seniors from the Gillett area. Each student received a $1,000 a year scholarship renewable for four years.


The club uses all proceeds from the coon supper to fund these scholarships and will award two more scholarships to seniors graduating in 2018.


“These scholarships demonstrate the commitment that the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club has for the students in our area,” according to the spokesman.


“The Gillett Coon Supper is the first and one of the largest events of its type held at the beginning of each New Year. Many national, state, and local politicians, and people from all over Arkansas and surrounding states will attend this event. There will be recognition of the high school seniors from Gillett. Coon Supper T-shirts and hats will be available this year,” according to the spokesman.


The Gillett Elementary gymnasium is located at 313 S. Sixth St. at Gillett.


Tickets are $25. There is a price increase because the club produced a commemorative 75th anniversary ticket for this year’s coon supper.


For ticket details, contact Larry Bauer, 870-548-2859 or 870-830-4002, or write to P.O. Box 577, Gillett, AR, 72055. For program information, contact Chad Philipp, 870-548-2228, 870-548-2554, or 870-509-0413.