The Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club will host the 75th Annual Coon Supper on Saturday, Jan. 13. As in past years, the coon supper will be held in the Gillett Elementary Gymnasium , located at 313 S, Sixth in Gillett.  


The doors will open and the meal will be served at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The menu will stay the same as last year: Coon, baby-back ribs, brisket, rice, sweet potatoes and cake. 


Miss Arkansas Maggie Benton will be attending. 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 club helps with efforts such as summer programs, an educational endowment fund, athletic and scholastic awards and community service. For the past 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 that is renewable for four years. The club continues to use 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. 


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 for purchase. 


For many the Gillett Coon Supper is the must attend event of the year. 


Tickets this year are are $25. There is a price increase, ‘because we have produced a commemorative 75th Anniversary ticket for this year’s coon supper,’ the group said in a release to the media.  


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