Deerfest Appreciation Letter

December 14, 2023

Ozona—The Crockett County Deerfest Association held its 35th annual Deerfest event on Saturday, Dec. 2. What most of you may not know is how many volunteers it takes to make the event such a huge success. We would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who helped, and donated your time, deer meat, prizes, etc. You are what makes this annual event successful.

Many of our volunteers work nonstop during the week of Deerfest and we had a great volunteer turnout this year. Because all of you work so hard behind the scenes, our Deerfest patrons can enjoy the evening. We want to make sure you know all your hard work has paid off and we appreciate everything you do. The response from everyone, both in the community and from those visiting from outside Ozona was phenomenal.

The Crockett County Deerfest Association is a nonprofit community organization that has given over half a million dollars back to the community. There are so many great things we can do around Ozona because of the hard work of all our volunteers. Thanks to you, we will be able to continue to give back to our community.

There are many individuals, organizations, and companies we would like to extend special thanks to. The Crockett County Deerfest Association would like to start by thanking the following deer donors: Ann and Carlin Stapper, Double T Ranch, Heather and Allen Claburn, Micheal Mitchell, Pleas and Martin Childress, Rough Country Game Processors in Sonora, Jennifer and Rowdy Holmsley, Todd Jones, Riley's Hunting Club, Colonel Robert “Raunch” Buckholtz, Pierce Ranch Co.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up hundreds of tables and chairs, serve food and all the other things that made our night successful. Thank you to the 4-H, 4-H Shooting Club, Church of Christ, Crockett County Civic Center, Crockett County Fire and Ems Department, Crockett County Sheriff's Office, FFA, First Baptist Church, Glover Company, Helping Hands, Knights of Columbus, Middle School PTO, Ministerial Alliance, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ozona High School Cheerleaders, Ozona High School CNA Program, Ozona Youth Baseball, Ozona Bank, Project Graduation, Templo Siloe Assembly of God, West Texas Blaze Softball and West Texas Rehab, and Ozona Highschool One Act Play.

Thank you to Brian Scott and the Triple C Hardware and Lumber Team for Pushing our ticket sales. Thank you to the Ozona Stockman for advertising, photographing, and covering the event

We would also like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE COOKS for all the time and effort you put into preparing and cooking the delicious food. Thanks to the Glover Company for the light towers that enable our wonderful cooks to stay up all night tending the BBQ pits and to Pleas and Martin Childress for the firewood.

Thank you to Roland Dehoyos and his cooking team for continuing to support Deerfest and thanks to Frank Reavis, his family and wonderful team.

Thank you to our Master of Ceremonies, Damon Motley. He did a fabulous job!

Thank you to all the board members and their families that helped. Special thanks to Giana Lopez, Tori Nowell, Abigail Magnus, Timo and Pete Maldonado, Jeffrey Stuart, the Crockett County Road Department and Fair Park Convention Center Board.

Thank you to Triple C Hardware and Lumber for their Red Ryder BB gun donations for the kids and to Giles and Becky Madray for donating gift certificates to the General Store for kids to purchase a BB gun who didn’t win one. The most exciting thing for all the children is the BB gun raffle, thanks for making this happen. A special thank you to John L Henderson and Victor Newton

The board members of the Crockett County Deerfest Association would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all who continue to show their support for Deerfest. As you may know, the donations and proceeds go directly back into the Crockett County community. We would like to recognize our donors and say thank you for your continued support. Thank you to Fred and Jan Van Shoubrouek, Gene Perry, Norman and Helen Manning, Buck and Jan Owens, Fred and Jane Chandler, Ray and Sherri Hill, Janie Riggs, Tommy and JoNel Stokes, Pleas and Sandra Childress, David and Lavenda Stuart, Mrs. Joe Bean, Bill and Susie Black, Louise Ledoux, Mrs. Terry Dickerson, Sonora Bank, Carl Cahill, Cameron & Oliver Ranch, Millspaugh Ranch Company, Producer’s Livestock Auction, Ozona Water and Well Service, Crockett Automotive, Stokes Drilling, Lilly Construction, Ozona Exploration, Main Street Realty, Shannon Health System, JLP Livestock, Sleepy Hollow Ranch, Quality INN, Tom Thorp Transportation, Giles and Becky Madray, Penn and Lara Sue Baggett, James Owens, Jett Specialty, Carmen Sutton, Mike and Becky Moore, Village Drug, Mike and Sharon Williams, Hitchin Post, Tony Allen, Jim and Laura Skehan, Komecheck Well Service, Lloyd Winkley, Esperanza Ranch, Jack and Jodie Baggett, JJ Marley Ranch, Fred and Mary Anne Deaton, NatGas INC, Wool Growers, Lowes Market, Pepes Café, Mi Familia, Hargrove Ranches, West Texas Feeder Supply, G & H Constuction, Sol Stokes, David Kuhnell, Ozona Taxidermy, Hampton Inn, Treto’s, Roger Snyder and Close to Our Hearts Country Store.

Special thanks to: Redstar Energy, Pike’s Peak and Wesley Bean, Latham Ducote, and Austin Hokit.

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