Food & Dining

Wild Game Dinner to feature inspirational fisherman

by Bradley Hartsell

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Clay Dyer was born without legs or a right arm, and only a partial limb on his right shoulder.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, Orchard Hills Church in Newnan welcomes professional fisherman Clay Dyer to speak at the annual Wild Game Dinner.

Dyer was born without legs or a right arm, and only a partial limb on his right shoulder. He began fishing at the age of five and moved on to tournament fishing by age 15. He did so without the use of any special equipment. Dyer insists on deploying the same standard rod and reel as every other angler. As a result, he’s adopted the motto, “If I can, you can.”

Throughout the past 10 years, the last three years consecutively, Orchard Hills has presented the Wild Game dinner with special guests known in the hunting and fishing community, such as “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson and professional hunter and television personality David Blanton.

Linn Hudson, a volunteer organizer for Orchard Hills Church, says the Wild Game Dinner will consist of chicken and venison, as well as vegetables and bread. He encourages people to get their tickets in advanced so the church may better estimate the preparations needed for the evening. For the Phil Robertson dinner, Hudson says they had more than 600 people on hand. For this year’s event, Hudson says, based on feedback, they anticipate 300, possibly 400 people at the dinner.

“We’re really excited to be bringing in Clay Dyer. He hasn’t been in Newnan before, so this is going to be his first time and the feedback has been tremendous. Clay has a passion and optimism for life that is very inspiring. “His motto for life is, ‘If I can, you can,’ and there’s so many applications for us in our lives. What we consider a handicap, he doesn’t see as one.”

Dyer, who grew up in Alabama on Lake Guntersville, fishes on the Bassmaster Open Series. He casts the rod by tucking it under his jaw, steadying it with his left arm and quickly whipping the rod left-to-right. He reels in fish with the rod still tucked under his jaw and ties knots with his tongue by holding the line in his teeth.

His story has been featured on ESPN, CNN and other major news outlets.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door or buy a table of 8 for $99 and are available on Orchard Hills’ website at www.orchardhillschurch.com. Orchard Hills Church is located at 161 Gordon Road in Newnan. For more information, visit the website or call 678-854-9180.



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