Mike Grisham, of Lacomb, and Duane Colbert, of Mehama, were among the first to arrive at Lacomb School’s Hunters Breakfast Oct. 1.
Volunteers worked in shifts that started at 3 a.m. to serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast to raise money for the school.
Lacomb parent-teacher committee president Krystal Rash and PTC vice president Shellie Jackola were on hand organizing the morning preparations.
This year about 290 people showed up for the annual feast.
With the combination of breakfast sales, garage sales and donations, the group raised about $1,000, which will go toward new playground equipment.
While the majority of folks came after 7 a.m., about 20 early birds were eager to get their day started on the first day of hunting season.
For many, the Hunters Breakfast at Lacomb is as much a part of their family tradition as the hunting trip itself.
The first Hunters Breakfast was 25 to 30 years ago, started by then principal and superintendent Eldon Wortman. Wortman was an avid hunter.
The annual event draws families with children in the school, as well as community members.
“We saw the sign and that it will help the school,” Grisham said. “And this way, my wife won’t have to cook for me.”
Grisham said his wife usually comes hunting with him, but stayed behind this time to run their garage sale, which also will benefit the school.
Grisham and Colbert have both been life-long hunters.
Grisham started hunting when he was 9 years old, when he got his first deer.
Colbert can’t remember the first time he went out, but said hunting was a part of his life from early on.
“They probably took us when we were babies because it was a family thing,” he said.
Joe Foelkl, of Lebanon, is carrying on his family tradition, too. Foelkl said he went hunting for the first time when he was about 5 years old.
This year he is taking his own 5-year-old son, Austin, hunting for the first time.
After the Hunters Breakfast, of course.