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A stop at the sandbar on Detroit lake is just one of the stops along the Boats & Bars celebration. This year’s fundraiser is set for Aug. 23 and includes stops around the lake and live music throughout the event. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Boats & Bars to be filled with music, fun

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Once again, it’s time to “float your boat for charity!”

The ninth annual Boats & Bars fundraiser for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity gets underway at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 23.


Held rain or shine, Boats & Bars begins with tickets and t-shirts being sold at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, where Denny Craswell will perform live at 11 a.m.

Craswell, formerly from Minneapolis, is a five-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who now makes his home in Detroit Lakes.

Each $15 ticket is a punch card that will get the purchaser a free drink at each of the three participating bars — Zorbaz, Holiday Inn Beach Bar and The Bridge Marina Bar & Grill — between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

At noon, the action shifts from Zorbaz to the sandbar between Big and Little Detroit lakes, where the Island Time Band will perform live until 3 p.m.

While the show goes on rain or shine, the Parrot Heads are, of course, hoping for 85 degrees and sunny skies, Brogren noted.

From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be live music at not just one, but two venues. The Hardwood Groove Trio performs at the Bridge Marina Bar & Grill (located at the Long Bridge), while Denny Craswell, also known as “The Castaway,” performs once again at the Holiday Inn Beach Bar.

At 8 p.m., there will be a raffle drawing at Zorbaz, with all proceeds to go toward Habitat for Humanity as well.

Finally, at 9:30 p.m., the Knoxville, Tenn., band Homemade Wine takes the stage at Zorbaz to wrap up the festivities.

“They’re like a cross between Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Zac Brown Band,” Brogren said enthusiastically. “They’re so good.”

All in all, the day promises to be a great way to end the summer at the beach.

“It’s a great time, and all the proceeds benefit Habitat, so it’s for a good cause,” Brogren said.

The Lakes Area Parrot Heads are a local nonprofit that is part of a nationwide charitable organization which is also known for its avid support of musician Jimmy Buffett, and members travel many miles each year to attend his concerts.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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