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LLANO — For many, life in the Hill Country revolves around hunting, fishing and family.

So to reach out to people in Llano and the Highland Lakes, area churches have come together to put on the Llano Outdoor Expo on Oct. 11-13.

“Who doesn’t hunt and fish around here? That’s why we chose this type of event,” said the Rev. Rye Taylor of Cherokee Baptist Church. “Everybody has something they can enjoy at this event.”

Churches from Llano, San Saba and Cherokee are putting on the event at Llano Events Center and Rodeo Arena, 2200 RR 152. Admission is free for the Oct. 12-13 events at the arena.

“It’s important for people to see that community churches can work together,” Taylor said.

The Outdoor Expo gets started Oct. 11 for area women at 6:30 p.m. at Lutie Watkins United Methodist Church, 800 Wright St. The women’s dinner features speaker Edwina Patterson, an author who also has a syndicated radio ministry. Tickets are $10.

The main events are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12.

Free drinks and hot dogs are available throughout the day, along with activities such as a dunk tank, bounce houses, hunting displays and live music. The Rev. Danny Meegan of Pittsburgh Avenue Baptist Church said people can bring their deer mounts to display all day Oct. 12.

“Quite a few taxidermists are bringing stuff,” Meegan said. “Everybody has got them and has at least one thing stuck to the wall, and nobody gets to see it.”

Scheduled events include “The Amazing Kingdom Dogs” at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Hank Hough’s dogs will put on an obedience display.

Jason Mann, an experienced outdoorsman, shares his outdoor adventures and climbing experiences at 11:30 a.m.

Snake expert Fred Reyna gives a rattlesnake demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Following Reyna is a speaker who talks about everything you want to know about hunting white-tailed deer.

Also at the expo will be the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with exotic game tasting and an Operation Game Thief trailer.

On Oct. 12, there is a men’s dinner at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Llano, 107 W. Luce St., featuring speaker Jay Lowder. Tickets are $10.

Lowder has been featured on numerous TV shows and in countless stories in various media outlets.

He will speak again at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the rodeo grounds for a combined worship service that is open to the public.

“We’re letting folks know that area churches care about them and, more importantly, Jesus cares about them,” Taylor said. “And we’re excited about the whole thing.”

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