Plans are underway for a reception benefiting the Marion and Carolyn Berry Scholarship and the 76th annual Gillett Coon Supper, according to a news release.


On Saturday, Jan. 12, the eighth annual “Berry Pre-Coon Supper Reception” will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Berry Farm Shop in Gillett followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Gillett Coon Supper at the Gillett School Gymnasium.


“The coon supper has been a long-standing tradition in Gillett for 75 years,” Mitch Berry said in a news release. “Now in our eighth year, we are proud for the Berry Pre-Coon Supper Reception to be associated with such a legacy.”


“In the past seven years we have been able to raise thousands of dollars for scholarships for Arkansas State University students and we value the opportunity to invest in a group of such deserving students,” Berry said.


The Marion and Carolyn Berry Scholarship is awarded to a qualifying ASU student who shows an interest in public policy and public service.


This year, Kylie Meredith of Jonesboro received a scholarship during her fall 2018 internship for U.S. Sen. John Boozman in his Jonesboro office and will receive another scholarship in the spring when she will intern in U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford’s office in Washington, D.C., according to the release.


“The Gillett Coon Supper is hosted by the Gillett Farmers and Businessman’s Club and has long been a required stop on the Arkansas political circuit. Politicians are tested on their political acumen by if they will eat the smoked raccoon,” according to the release.


Tickets are $30 each for the pre-supper reception at the Berry farm shop. Sponsorships are available to be a Berry Good Host for $1,000 and Berry Good Friends for $500. The founding hosts are Campbell Ward, JPJ Consulting, Mitch Berry, and Wright Lindsey & Jennings.


For sponsor details, contact Becky Campbell at 501-912-7560 or Gabe Holmstrom at 479-409-3329.


Tickets to the coon supper may be purchased by contacting Larry Bauer at 870-830-4002.Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.