Guns vs. Hoses game a success

Dozens of local residents enjoyed the second annual Guns vs. Hoses charity softball game on July 19 at the WRA Park in Minnetrista. The evening served as the kick-off event to the weekend’s Spirit of the Lakes festivities.

For the second year, attendees were asked to bring cash donations or non-perishable food items for the Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) Mobile Market program. Including sponsorships, the event raised over $2,500 in cash donations plus several boxes of food.

McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog took the first at bat for their respective teams. When it was all over, the Mound firefighters edged the police officers from Orono and Minnetrista by a score of 10-9.

But the event was more than just the game. Dozens of kids took part in the annual kiddie parade, which was led by Janet Symons and the State Farm Good NeighBear. Kids enjoyed free face painting, a bounce house and great photo opportunities with police cars, fire trucks and the fire and police mascots throughout the game.

An added attraction this year was a dunk tank. Kids and adults alike lined up to take turns dunking Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok, Mound City Manager Eric Hoversten and Westonka Superintendent Kevin Borg. Nearly 500 balls were thrown, with many of them hitting their mark.

“We hope the community embraces this event as we would like to continue to grow as we look to 2018,” said Orono Deputy Police Chief Chris Fischer.

The event was sponsored by Surfside Bar and Grill, Maund Entertainment, Colin Charlson State Farm, Tonka Auto and Marine, Island Park Skelly Auto and Marine, Oak Ridge Kennels, The Right Realtors ReMax Advantage Plus, Woody Balut’s Edward Jones, Westonka Community and Commerce (WCC), Jubilee Foods, Minnesota Lakes Bank and Wells Fargo.