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Lester Prairie High School to host ‘donkey basketball’
Nov. 14, 2016

By Ana Alexander
Staff Writer

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie High School students, teachers, and Lester Prairie community members will be competing in a series of basketball games, with a twist – they’ll be riding donkeys.

This event will be part of an unusual fundraiser, in which attendees will get to watch students and community members attempt to ride around the court and shoot baskets from the saddle of a donkey.

Lester Prairie Parents for Education are putting together the event, which will take place in the Lester Prairie High School gym Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

Four teams will be competing – a team of seniors, a team of juniors, a school staff team, and a community team. Each team has 10 to 12 riders.

“It’s a lot of riders,” Lester Prairie Parents for Education co-chair April Lee said. “We got a lot of good reception.”

There will be two elimination games, which will be about 16 minutes long, according to Lee. During an intermission, the crowd can get in on the fun.

“Kids can come up and pay a dollar to sit in the [donkey’s] saddle and try to make a basket,” Lee said. “If they make a basket, they get a prize.”

The event will conclude with the final elimination game, which will be eight minutes long. According to Lee, the sanitation crew after the game will include some special guests.

“Our sanitation crew, to clean up after the donkeys, is the school principal and superintendent,” Lee said. “They’re going to be dressed up.”

The funds raised from the event will benefit Lester Prairie school.

“All of the money goes back to the school – we help the school in all areas and at all grade levels,” Lee said.

The event will cost $7 in advance, or $10 at the door. Admission is free for kids in preschool or younger. Tickets can be purchased at the high school or First Community Bank in Lester Prairie.

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