TOP PHOTO: Pine Mountain Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation regional director Tim Yates manning the microphone at Thursday’s banquet and fundraiser held at the Ball Farm Event Center.

Pine Mountain chapter of the National Turkey Federation Treasureer Durand Carmany, right, and chapter co-chair Terry Lewis, left at the 22nd annual Pine Mountain fundraiser and banquet.

By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The Pine Mountain Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held its 22nd annual banquet fundraiser and auction at the Ball Event Center on Thursday evening. 

This is the chapter’s biggest fundraiser of the year, which raises money to be used for conservation and local youth events in the county.

The Pine Mountain Longbeards is the largest chapter in the state with around 1,000 members, including kids. Getting children involved in the great outdoors is a goal of the chapter. The Pine Mountain Longbeards chapter is also one of the top chapters in the nation, according to National Wild Turkey Federation Regional Director Tim Yates.

Billy Ball and Terry Lewis share leadership of the Pine Mountain Longbeards Chapter. Both said they appreciated the community support for the event, which helps fund conservation in the county as well as youth events such as Jake’s Day. 

Lewis said they had a wonderful turnout for the event this year.

Veterans and law enforcement officials, as well as first responders were honored with pins on Thursday evening.

“All this goes for conservation; all the effort, volunteers and fundraising is to protect the resources and conservation,” Lewis said. 

“This event helps us fund all of our basic outreach events throughout the year in the county and helps fund conservation for turkeys and other wildlife,” Ball said.

Pine Mountain Longbeards is the largest NWTF chapter in Tennessee. The non-profit organization hosts multiple events throughout the year, and provides local scholarships for students. Some events include the Wounded Warriors turkey hunt plus the Turkey Hunters Care Food box distribution at the holidays and more.

Keary Rutherford, Campbell County commissioner Dewayne (Mailman) Kitts, “Mr. Cougar” Warren Kitts, Roane State Community College Jacksboro campus President Tracy Powers and State Representative Dennis Powers at the 22nd annual Pine Mountain chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation banquet held Thursday evening.

For more information about joining the Pine Mountain Long Beards, check them out on Facebook. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/16/2023-6AM)