71st Annual Danville Lions Raccoon Dinner

Monday, February 2, 2015

In February of 1944, Clyde Banbury and Clyde Cornell started the first Raccoon Dinner. It was held in Clyde Banbury's basement with 30 in attendance. As the event evolved, speakers were included as part of the program. Most notable and outstanding include former Governor of Ohio Jim Rhodes and OSU Coach Woody Hayes.

This year's guest speaker is Kevin Schmidt - The Cheap Country Hick, comedian and author of Slice of Americana.  In his own words:

kevin schmidt“I have lived in Lovell OH. My entire life (other than five years when I was first married It took me a while to get my wife to move out in the sticks from the big city of Upper Sandusky (pop 6000). Our family came here and settled from Germany in the 1850´s in Lovell so we have not moved very far. I have three wonderful daughters, two good sons-in-law, three wonderful grandchildren, (especially when you can spoil them and send them home) and a wife of thirty three -plus years, who deserves a medal for putting up with me. I’m the last person anybody would ever thought would have written a book but one day looking at all the notes I had taken it dawned on me this would make a great rural humor book. I have traveled throughout North America on trips and meetings. I´ve work in our family Ag business (Schmidt Machine) 30 plus years selling to farmers and listening to all those stories. (Many many!) Doing standup comedy has brought me into contact with a broad range of people from farmers to corporate executives and believe me they all have a story.”

Raccoon is served as the entree coupled with a full course setting of mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, raccoon gravy, cake, and a generous serving of fresh homemade cornbread. The participants come from all over the United States and Canada to attend this famous event.

The Raccoon Dinner is held at St. Luke's Community Center (7 West Rambo Street, Danville), followed by the special guest speaker program across the street in the Danville High School Auditorium.

Dinner is served continuously from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or until the raccoon runs out)

Devil Land Jazz Band will perform beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the High School auditorium

Kevin Schmidt will begin his program at 7:00 p.m.

Cost of Dinner: $11 for adults, $8 for children

Program Ticket: DONATION

50/50 Drawings will be held every half-hour, and there will be a raffle for a 12-Gauge KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun) (must be 18-years or older).  Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door.

Download the flyer here!