WINTERS — The 2018 Winters Dove Fest was a success in all areas. Throngs of people moved in and out of the Dove Fest areas, including the silent auction tent which had 20 tables of items for people to bid on.

Winters High School student Alexis Silva won the $1,000 scholarship based on her essay on how hunting effects Runnels County.

The barbeque tent was packed from wall to wall with people enjoying a hearty lunch of brisket and sides as other attendees browsed along the information booths that sponsors had set up. There was also live music to keep the crowd entertained while they at their lunch and looked over the auction items. The biggest draw was the gun raffle. While the line at the ticket table could get long at times, it moved steadily and never backed up. Entrants were able to purchase a “hunters pack” of tickets, which was $100 worth of tickets but they only had to enter their name once instead of putting it on each of the five dollar tickets.

I caught up with Dove Fest board president, Maegan Schwartz, in the midst of the fest, “The turnout is great. We’re really happy with it and everyone looks to be enjoying everything. People had fun at the clay pigeon shoot this morning, the Camo run went great and the turnout is just incredible.”

This was the 16th year for the Dove Fest and within a month of closing the books on this year’s fest, Schwartz and the committee will begin working on the 2019 Dove Fest.