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Outdoors notebook: Ridgecrest Baptist ministry caters to outdoorsmen

CorrespondentApril 30, 2014 

With one bass fishing icon, two popular reality television stars and a church full of volunteers, the Ridgecrest Outdoor Ministry needs just one more thing. Well, maybe 2,000 more things.

Ridgecrest Baptist Church volunteers doubled ticket sales to 2,000 last year, and they want to do the same this year for their seventh annual Sportsman’s Banquet. The tickets, which went on sale this week for the July 26 event, will help pay the costs to bring in bass fishing TV star Jimmy Houston and “Duck Dynasty” TV show regulars Justin Martin and John Godwin to Durham.

“We just have to sell our tickets so we can pay the rest of the money to get them here. Every cent we make goes right back. We don’t make a dime,” Rod King, a volunteer from Durham, said Tuesday night.

Held in the 1,000-seat church atrium and an 18,000-square-foot tent once used by evangelist Franklin Graham for Samaritan’s Purse events, the event will include local vendors and nonprofits, two bluegrass bands and drawings for items including shotguns signed by Martin and Godwin, fishing equipment signed by Houston and two $500 Bass Pro Shops gift certificates. A restored boat from the first Bassmaster Classic will be on display.

“It’s going to be a fun time,” King said. “It’s just our way of giving back to sportsmen. We also give them something that they’ll need forever, and that’s Jesus.”

On July 26, doors will open at 4 p.m. For tickets, which cost $50, call 919-471-8662, go to www.ridgecrest.cc, or visit the church at 1104 Milton Road, Durham 27712, near Northern Durham High.

Wooden boats in spotlight: The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, will host the 40th Wooden Boat Show on 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Go to www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

Safety campaign starts: Triangle Boating Safety Day at 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Falls Lake will kick off the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a boating safety campaign titled “Saved by the Zone: The Life Jacket Zone.”

Corps and commission staff and other boating safety partners will set up displays, giveaways and a free children’s life jacket exchange while supplies last. The event will take place at the N.C. 50 access area, located at 13900 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest. Learn more at www.facebook.com/LifeJacketZoneNC.

State law requires children younger than 13 to wear a life jacket when a recreational vessel is under way.

Plate deadline extended: The extended entry deadline is May 15 for a contest being conducted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and UNC Greensboro’s Academic Think Tank to produce a new design for the commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program.

Designs must use no more than five colors, include a nongame species native to North Carolina, include a native plant and fit designated size parameters. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Conserving/documents/Design-a-Plate.pdf.

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