A different type of basketball will soon be played in Osakis - and it involves animals.

That's right, donkey basketball is coming to Osakis. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Osakis High School, Dairyland Donkey Ball will return as a fundraiser for the Osakis First Responders.

"It was in Osakis in the 90s, then about six years ago Alex had it and we did it three or four years ago," said organizer and first responder Jason Schultz. "It brought in about $4,500 for us (the Osakis First Responders)."

The event's format is two 16-minute elimination games with a 15-minute intermission in between. There is an eight-minute championship round immediately following the second elimination game.

During the intermission, donkey rides will be given to children in attendance.

While on the gym floor, donkeys wear non-marking and non-scuffing rubber shoes to protect flooring.

Anyone is welcome to take part. The rider fee is $20 and teams consist of eight to 10 people. According to Schultz, riders are needed for four teams.

The show is sponsored by the Osakis First Responders. All proceeds will go to various medical equipment, such as defibrillators and radios.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Osakis True Value, Osakis City Hall, Osakis Elementary School or from any Osakis first responder.

For more information, contact Schultz at 320-491-8476 or jrschultz@arvig.net.

Information about Dairyland Donkey Ball can be found at www.dairylanddonkeyball.com.