Last updated: June 01. 2013 12:56PM - 385 Views
Anthony Gonzalez
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A Wilkes County middle school is turning to a group of donkeys to help raise money.

Eight donkeys will ship in from Boiling Springs for a specially trained basketball game. The evening is being showcased as ‘Donkeyball, the Wildest & Funniest Show on Earth.’

The creative evening of fun and excitment is designed by Professional Animal Frolics.

According to East Wilkes Middle School, the animal company produces some of the best donkey ball games in the business.

The performance will be held on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

“We get volunteer members from faculty and staff, coaches from feeder schools and high schools, local people…and its a basketball game where you ride the donkey and try to score,” said athletic director Chuck Hudson. “That’s only if you can convince the donkey to move, let alone to stay on it.”

Some donkeys are very tame. However, “some donkeys require people willing to sacrifice themselves,” said Hudson with a chuckle.

“We expect a great turnout for this event,” he said. “The school has had success in the past with the donkeys. The night does very well. We’ve packed this place both times we’ve held it. We’ve made good money for the successful event and that helps do a ton of good for our kids.

“To date we’ve never had an animal accident, but we are prepared with a poop er-scooper just in case,” laughed Hudson. “It’s all part of the show.”

Proceeds benefit the school Athletic Booster Club.

Advance tickets are on sale now at East Wilkes Middle School. Adults are $6. Children are $5. Children 5 and under are free. Gate admissions are higher so early ticket purchases are encouraged.

For additional information on this event and other activities by the East Wilkes Middle School, please call the school at 928-9800.

All animals are under the supervision of Professional Animal Frolics of Boiling Springs.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

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