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CITY OF DELAFIELD - For the last 92 years, hundreds of people have gathered in Delafield to try a rare meat dish made with a secret recipe that apparently tastes like a savory, slow-cooked roast beef. 

The meat in that unique dish? Raccoon.

The Coon Feed event is hosted by American Legion Post 196 in Delafield and was created by one of its members, Tom McNulty, 92 years ago. The Legion continues to hold the event in his name to raise money for youth and veteran programs. 

This event returns at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, when Legion members will begin serving raccoon meat — and turkey for the less adventurous.

But this year's event won't include its most prominent host. Lillian McNulty, who had carried on the legacy of her late husband and was there every year eating a plate of raccoon meat inside the American Legion Post 196, died last October at age 94. 

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The McNulty's legacy, however, will live on through the Coon Feed.

"It's great seeing all of the new people who have never tried coon meat before," said American Legion Post Commander Terry Frazier. "That face that they make that just says 'I can't believe this is raccoon meat' when they're eating it."

The Legion served more than 350 meals last year, and expects to serve about  the same number this year. 

The Legion enlists help from the community to get the event together.

"This year we had help from the Boy Scouts to de-fat the coons, and the St. John's Military Academy loans us their ovens," Frazier said. "It draws people from all over ... but it's also a great way to bring the community together." 

Coon Feed 

WHAT: 92nd annual Coon Feed

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

WHERE: American Legion Post 196, 333 N Lapham Peak Road, Delafield

COST: $18

WHAT ELSE? Call the American Legion Post 196 at 262-646-3930 for more information 

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