BTF’s weevil fundraiser planned for Sept. 26

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A person would have to look hard to find a fundraising effort for a tiny insect like a special species of weevil, but a group of Lake Bistineau residents has planned such an event for northwest Louisiana with a combination Meet & Greet/fish fry Saturday, Sept. 26.

Organizers of the fundraiser, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Our Place Bar and Grill, 300 Cryers Camp Rd. near Elm Grove, say proceeds will benefit the Bistineau Task Force and Pete Camp’s weevil project in the battle to help control salvinia on Lake Bistineau.

Bistineau has become infested with the aquatic vegetation and weevils are being tested as one method to take on the task of turning back the tide of the fast growing salvinia. Currently, five locations have been selected as test sites for the effectiveness of the weevils.

Members of the Lake Bistineau News are putting on the event and have planned activities throughout the day. In addition to the fish fry, which should begin around 3 p.m. at a cost of $8 per plate, a live auction at 4 p.m. and a silent bake auction are scheduled.

Other activities include a 50/50 cash give away set following the auction, door prizes that will be distributed all day, a raffle and live entertainment. State Representative Gene Reynolds, Rep. Henry Burns (a candidate for the state senate) and senate candidate Ryan Gatti will be on hand to discuss the issue.

“We’re going to have some of the weevils there, too, so people can see what we’re talking about,” said Weldon Thomas, one of the organizers. “I think everyone will find them very interesting.”

For additional information, call Thomas at 318-268-9939. To learn more about the LBN group, visit www.facebook.com/groups/lakebistineau.