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Fleet Farm's annual Orange Friday draws hundreds

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 11/20/2020 4:44PM, Last Updated 11/20/2020 5:19PM
Antigo, WI - Doors opened at 6 a.m. Friday at the Antigo Fleet Farm for the annual "Orange Friday" event.

Hundreds of people filed in, a day before the nine-day gun deer season.

"People are ready to get out into the woods and bag that big buck," said Fleet Farm operations manager Tyler Kopetsky.

Kopetsky said he's seen more people this year compared to past years. A lot of those people are familiar faces.

"People keep coming back year after year for that novelty of getting that hat," said Kopetsky. He's referring to the blaze orange baseball caps given to the first 500 customers in line.

That's the primary reason Michael Dreher showed this morning.

"I come here for the orange hat, I come here for the scratch-offs, and I also come here for the sales," said Dreher.

While Dreher is an avid, long-time hunter, Robert Ridgeway is new to the tradition.

This is Ridgeway's first year hunting.

"My family never got into hunting when I was growing up," said Ridgeway.

While every hunter has different amounts of experience, they all went to Fleet Farm for the same reason: the hats.
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