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Delafield American Legion to host 95th annual raccoon feed fundraiser

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- More than 300 pounds of raccoon meat will be eaten this weekend in Delafield.

The American Legion is hosting a fundraiser known as the “Coon Feed” for the 94th year on Saturday.

“I think it tastes like corned beef,” said Mark Corgiat, the Post’s adjutant.

Tom Kerwin of Delafield has attended the last several years and says with the spices, the raccoon tastes a lot like bear meat.

“It doesn't smell any different than if you went to the grocery store and bought a slab of beef," Corgiat said.

The Post buys almost 100 raccoons from a Jefferson County trapper to roast and serve.

When someone at the event is trying raccoon for the first time, a bell is rung loudly to let everybody know.

Corgiat says they raise about $5,000 every year with the event. The money helps veterans programs and youth baseball teams.

For the less adventurous, turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes will be available.

But Keith Roeber, the Post’s second vice commander, urges folks to come try the raccoon.

"People are surprised when they first try it that it's actually better than they thought," he said.

Admission to the fundraiser is $18. The raccoon starts being served at 4:30 p.m.

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