Organizers gearing up for another Beast Feast

Courtesy of Major League Fishing

Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, South Carolina. Montgomery is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in engineering, Montgomery is one of the most proficient anglers in MLF history in the “every scorable bass counts” format. He has two tour-level wins and 38 Top 10s in his professional career.

In the summer of 2007, a group of friends who love to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature got together and formed BOOM Outdoors. BOOM (Bringing Outdoor Opportunities to Men) is a Christian-based organization that works to provide outdoor opportunities for men and their families. The hottest ticket in town this summer is the Beast Feast, which is an occasion jointly sponsored by New Community Church and BOOM. Instrumental in the formation of the Beast Feast was a local pastor, Tim Salters, who now lives in Colorado. New Community Church in Muskogee member Brian Lanham was one of the founders of BOOM Outdoors. “It’s a ministry of our church to show God’s love to this community,” said Lanham. “It is a way to bring men closer together and to get the youth involved in the outdoor experience and draw both closer to God.” Dozens of vendors of every imaginable outdoor product will be in attendance and a barbecue dinner will be served. County music entertainment will be provided and hundreds of door prizes will be given out during the evening. Prizes will be items such as guns, ammo,chain saw, etc. Sorry, ladies, but the hottest happening in town is for guys only. It’s time to scramble around and get those tickets. “The first event, held at New Community Church drew 250 folks,” said Lanham. “It has been held at the Civic Center ever since and over 3,000 tickets have been issued this year and they will go fast.” Over 60 volunteers will help with the planning and setup for this long-anticipated shindig and over 100 sponsors made the abundant amount of prizes possible. Some of the past speakers have included Edwin Evers, Stan Potts, Mark Rose, Jimmy Sites and Hank Parker. Lanham said, “As I look back over these last 15 years, I see God’s hand of blessing on this event. He has truly used it to further his kingdom. I know all of our amazing team that works so hard to put this on every year is humbled to be a part of this ministry.” Muskogee’s 15th annual Beast Feast is set for Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Muskogee Civic Center Arena. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the dinner begins at 6 p.m. This year’s event will have Andy Montgomery, Pro fisherman, who is currently competing in the MLF league. You can read about him at https:// andy-montgomery/. “As usual, they will have a Runt’s BBQ dinner along with country music from the Hay Seed Band. There will be approximately 1,000 door prizes and every young boy under 12 will get a special surprise,” added Lanham. They are in the process of distributing over 3,000 free tickets and you can pick yours up at Mike’s Outdoors and USA Barn in Muskogee or Keith’s Hardware in Fort Gibson. The evening will have around 40 vendors and this town favorite will include 60+ volunteers. Lanham said, “Boats, trucks, guns, country music, BBQ and lots of really cool door prizes… who wouldn’t want to come to this!” After attending for well over a decade, I always look forward to connecting with old friends and making new ones. It is a great evening of wonderful fellowship with other men. As I look back over the years, I’ve made memories with compadres that I invited who are no longer with us. I cherish each year of this event. Additional information can be found on the BOOM Outdoors Facebook page or their website,, or New Community Church at 918-683- 9111. This is an idea that needs to be replicated in every corner of our state. Contact John Kilgore at

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