19th annual JAKES day another huge success


Galena, Ill. – The Jo Daviess County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation welcomed 100 youth and 60 adult participants to the farm of Kyle and Karen Marsden on August 12, 2017, for the 19th Annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day.

JAKES Day is an activity filled event designed to get young and old out of the house and into outdoor recreation and nature. Activities included fishing, bird house building, archery, BB gun and shotgun shooting. The staff from Friendly Lakeside Critters had their farm animals on display as well.

Youth participants received a JAKES Day t-shirt, lunch and several took home door prizes provided by Cabela’s and other local vendors.

“Area vendors were very supportive again this year” said Carla Randecker, donation coordinator for the event.

Sponsors included Cabela’s, Friendly Lakeside Critters, McDonalds, Country Cast Products, Mississippi River Museum, JoCarroll Energy, Theisen’s, Culver’s, Cannova’s, Durty Gurts, Burger King, Blain’s Farm and Fleet, Log Cabin, Chestnut Mountain, Lil’ Generals Mini Golf, Dupaco, Happy Joe’s, Country Inn and Suites, Sullivan’s, Dicks Sporting Goods, Hartzell’s IGA, Smiley’s Pub, CA Fosler Construction, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Procentos, American Family Insurance Cuba City, Best Western Galena, Best Western Davenport, Best Western Dubuque, Citizen State Bank, Holiday Inn Dubuque, UPS, Vinny Vanucchi’s, Tri-State Porta Potty, Illinois Bank and Trust, Bill and Carla Randecker, Justin and Jennifer Kieffer and the McKesson Foundation.

Volunteers included: Jamie White, Austen Wachter, Luke Steinke, Wesley and Samantha Randecker, Ronald Allen, Russell Allen, Kurt Thorsen and Randy Randecker. A special thanks also goes to Kyle and Karen Marsden for again hosting the JAKES Day event.