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DINING ON RACCOON: Critter annual star at must-attend event for Arkansas politicians

Fixed up, it’s said to taste ‘brown’

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Photographs by Staton Breidenthal

Jon Howell (left) and Christy Murphy set up tables and chairs Friday at the gym in Gillett as the town gets ready for the 75th annual coon supper.

According to the professionals, it takes the better part of a week to make a raccoon fit for eating; acquiring a taste for the critter takes a while longer, if ever.

Chad Philipp, president of the Gillett Farmers and Businessmen’s Club, puts a cover on a tub full of raccoon meat Friday. The meat will sit in brine o...

Place settings await today’s Gillett Coon Supper. The event got its unofficial start in about 1935 by a group of men who decided fellowship could some...

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