Beast Feast – Helping veterans through the cross roads of life

By Jessica Crabtree

Our country was built by brave men and women fighting for our freedom and by the sweat and aching backs of farmers and ranchers. Each is loyal, kind, prideful and has a deep appreciation for this land that is etched in their souls. This notion is evident in small, rural communities throughout Texas.

From similar principles, the Cross Roads Gang was formed and an event was launched called Beast Feast. Bradley Veitenheimer and Steve Zotz both of Windthorst, Texas, typically enjoyed weekends with friends and family cooking and playing cards. Collectively the group wanted to form an event. It would be based around a cook off and give back to an organization. The gang, made up of family orientated truck drivers, farmers, oil men, nurses, a veteran and more felt proceeds should go to veteran’s associations. It is a cause near and dear to each of their hearts and a way to pay tribute to a local hero, Sgt. Gary S Johnston who passed in 2007.

When a committee was formed, it was to establish location, date and delegate tasks to each of the 11 members. In 2013 the first Beast Feast was held. Its location was 10 miles east of Windthorst and three miles north down Myers road. The location is simply acreage with a barn and trees with pastures of wheat as the backdrop, by design. To read more pick up the November 2015 issue of NTFR.