The Crockett County Deerfest was created 25 years ago as a community- wide appreciation banquet for hunters. Typically 1,000 to 1,500 people attend the event. They are fed a meal of chicken-fried deer, turkey, axis, deer sausage, deer chili, deer tamales and brisket. Over the years, the Deerfest Association has raised enough money to help fund the construction of the Crockett County Convention Center in which the event is now housed. The Deerfest Association has purchased A/V equipment and put a roof on the community day care center. The association helped finance the construction of the Crockett County EMS building. Along with this the Deerfest contributes yearly to the Crockett County 4-H, Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Youth Ministry, The Ozona Chamber of Commerce, The Ministerial Alliance, The Crockett County Volunteer Fire Department, The Boy Scouts, The Cub Scouts, YMCA Youth Football, Ozona Youth Baseball, The Crockett County Youth & Civic Center, The Ozona Community Center, Perceptor Mu Chi, and the Crockett County EMS. Kelsie Ramirez was the recipient of the $4,000 Crockett County Deerfest Scholarship. Erik Carrizales was the recipient of the $1,000 Crockett County Deerfest Scholarship for a senior entering the Military. Again this year, we will give 10% of our admission proceeds to West Texas Rehab. After the 2011 event we donated $2,500 to the West Texas Rehab of Ozona. To date, Crockett County Deerfest Association with help from its generous contributors and sponsors, has donated $442,669.62 back into the community.
The 2011 Crockett Deerfest was our most succesful year to date with nearly 2,000 in attendance and record monies raised from the sale of door prize tickets, admission fees and our donors' generous contributions. Among prizes given away in 2011 were 75 guns, numerous gift certificates, many wonderful miscellaneous items, a Polaris Ranger and two four wheelers. This year we will give away over 80 guns, $10,000 in Cabelas gift cards, a 2012 Jeep Wrangler and numerous other prizes. We hope to see you at our 25th Annual Crockett County Deerfest!