PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
The third annual Sportsman Dinner hosted by Sou’Wes Newfoundland Delta Waterfowl on Saturday, Aug. 25, drew about 100 people this year, including 23 children.
The event at the Port aux Basques Lions Club featured a tasty roast beef dinner, a raffle, silent and live auctions, and prize draws, with seven guns among the prizes won.
The group’s chair, Mark Lomond, says the highlight of the evening was Dr. Scott Petrie, CEO of Delta Waterfowl, getting screeched-in Burgeo style by Blake McDonald.
“To become a Newfie he not only had to kiss the cod, but Blake coaxed him into drinking a flash of Screech,” recounts Lomond. “He also had to eat some hard bread.”
At least McDonald made that part a bit easier by smashing the bread to bits on stage with a full-sizef boat oar.
As if that wasn’t enough, Petrie was given a hard Newfoundland saying to recite while stomping his bare foot in a bucket with a live flounder.
“Quite the show,” says Lomond.
Winner of the Youth Gun was Devon Hodder. Gord Warren was the winner of the Mystery Gun Game and Jerry Penny was the winner of the Nerf Gun Game.
The annual dinner is an important night for the Port aux Basques chapter, which contributes regularly to other local groups like the school breakfast program and the Salvation Army food bank.
The Port aux Basques conservation group has also built nest structures for ducks, posted hunter safety signage on walking trails, organized habitat cleanups and helped open six more chapters in the province.