Over 600 people looking for family fun and entertainment packed the L-S High School gym on Friday night, Feb. 24, for local teams to battle it out in a game of Donkey Basketball sponsored by Sully Night Out Committee. The laughs and smiles were contagious as brave community members attempted to stay atop of stubborn yet unpredictable donkeys and score points for their team.
Four teams participated in the event – Co-Line Welding, L-S Alumni, L-S Staff, and Sully Businesses. After three action-packed games full of donkey stubbornness and occasional rowdy antics, rider bloopers, and lots of crowd laughter, the L-S Alumni team was crowned winner of the 2017 event.
The Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show hails from Chippewa Falls, WI, and provided entertainment for all ages. In between games, children ages 12 and under had the chance to take short, calm donkey rides up and down the gym floor. A “Kiss the Donkey” contest was held with L-S Superintendent Shane Ehresman receiving the most “votes” with $170.41 in his bucket, thanks to kids begging for change everywhere to add to his tally. Dairyland Donkey Basketball owner CJ Cordell announced the winner, and Ehresman puckered up at half court to kiss the donkey with challengers Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen and Lynnville Mayor Roy James looking on. Vander Molen finished with $10.50 in his bucket as the “first-place loser” and James collected $13.00 as the “72-year-old second-place loser.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sully and Lynnville Libraries. Each library will receive $1,175. Concession stand proceeds go toward the L-S High School track teams, and a bake sale raised money for middle school students going on this summer’s Washington, D.C., trip.