By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School will once again be the site of the entertainment provided by watching people try to play basketball atop stubborn donkeys.
The event is sponsored by the Howard Lake Lions Club, with proceeds going to the HLWW Middle School library, and to the Howard Lake Lions’ Easter egg hunt and secret Santa programs.
HLWW’s FFA club has also been involved, asking local businesses for donations and making T-shirts, said FFA advisor Jim Weninger.
Each business that donated money will receive two T-shirts, which have the sponsors listed on the back.
Money left over from making the T-shirts will go to to the HL Lions.
The last time donkey basketball was played in Howard Lake was 2009, and about 500 people came to enjoy watching fellow community members attempt the game.
The Howard Lake Lions hope for an even larger attendance this year.
“We are hoping about 2,000 people attend, and everyone will have a good time there,” Paul Schmitz of the Howard Lake Lions said.
The HLWW after prom committee will be working in the concession stand, and the proceeds from the concession stand will go towards the after prom party.
“This is a good opportunity for people to come have fun, have a few laughs, and support the Howard Lake Lions in the projects they do throughout the year,” Weninger said.
There will be four teams participating in the tournament-style competition, for a total of four games, Schmitz said.
The first game will pit the HLWW High School girls varsity basketball team against the HLWW High School boys varsity basketball team.
The second game will feature HLWW staff and alumni against HLWW’s FFA students.
“We are excited about it,” Weninger said. “The kids are pumped to ride donkeys and play ball.”
The donkeys and all the safety equipment will once again be provided by Dairyland Donkeyball. More information about the company and a photo gallery can be viewed at www.dairylanddonkeyball.com.
During intermission, free donkey rides will be given to children 12 and younger with a paid admission and a parent present.
Doors will open Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m., with the games starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, and $8 the night of the event.
Tickets are available at the HLWW middle school and high school, Joe’s Sport Shop in Howard Lake, Howard Lake Drug, Keaveny Drug in Winsted, and Citizens State Bank of Waverly.