Chuck Terry's interest in beagle's first began as a young boy when he helped care for one while some friends were away overseas.
Fast forward several years later and you will find the Thomson man as a member of the CSRA Beagle Club and one of the organizers of the seventh annual Barbeque and Trade Day.
The event will be held on July 29 at the Winfield Community Center. The fellowship will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a barbeque chicken lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mr. Terry, a math teacher at Jefferson County High School, said that the barbeque is a fundraiser, but that the event itself is free.
"This is a family event," he said. "We want babies there on up to the old folk."
Participants are encouraged to bring their hunting dogs and related items to sell, trade and show.
The club also plans on having an informative reptile exhibit, a BB gun marksmanship and safety training, moonwalk and pony rides for the kids, as well as prize drawings for registered guests.
"Last year, we had about 120 registered guests, and sold 400 plates," he said. "There was a crowd of 100 there continuously from beginning to end."
Barbeque chicken plates may be purchased in advance from any CSRA Beagle Club member, and extra plates will be sold the day of the event on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are $6 each for both eat in and carry out orders.
The Winfield Community Center has accommodating seating and is air-conditioned.
The CSRA Beagle Club, which has been in existence for over 15 years, accepts any beagle enthusiast for membership that would like to join.
For additional information concerning the event or the club, contact Mr. Terry at 706-597-3782.