Camofest honors Forrest Bess

   The Wild Game and Wine Camofest, in honor of renowned artist and fisherman Forrest Bess, is set for downtown Bay City, Jan. 23. 
   The festival will be hosted by The Bay City Main Street as tribute to Bess who grew up in – and then returned later in life to – a fishing camp accessible only by boat in Chinquapin near Bay City. 
   Bess’s nature paintings have won international acclaim and have been featured in world-famous museums such as Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  
   During World War II he also received a commendation from the U.S. Army for developing military uses for camoflage.  
   He died of cancer in Bay City in 1977 at the age of 66. 
   “A man of many interests, Forrest was an art teacher, a student of architecture and avid fisherman,” Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and its promotion committee chairman, said in an email about the event. 
   Aside from honoring Bess, the Camofest is intended to promote – and preserve — Bay City’s historic downtown district, Waters said. 
   The event will run from 1 – 5 p.m. and feature cooking “guides” providing samples of locally caught wild game and fish. 
   Several local wineries will also have samples. They include Majek, Lavaca Bluffs, Haak and San Ducerro. 
   The festival will also feature live entertainment from a local favorite, Sam Sliva and the up and coming, KG Williams band. HEB grocery will feature children’s activities. 
   The “rain or shine” event will happen on Avenue G in Bay City between 5th and 6th streets.  
   Tickets will cost $15 each ($5 for children 5-12 and free for under five), and are available at BCCDC Offices.  
   Organizers also hope to sell 1,000 raffle tickets for $10 each before the event.  
   Among the prizes being raffled are a weekend hunting package at Spread Oak Ranch, a Remington rifle, and a custom-made fishing rod. 
   The festival’s Facebook page is at 


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