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The steel drum band Poco Fuego, above, will play during the Boats & Bars celebration Aug. 22. Pontoons will also be filled with music, below, during the Lakes Area Parrot Heads fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity.

Parrot's Boats & Bars

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For the fourth year, the Lakes Area Parrot Heads is not only having a good time with cruising the waters of Detroit Lake, but also raising money for a good cause.

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The annual Boats & Bars is scheduled for Aug. 22, and with tickets at $15 a person, all proceeds will go to the Detroit Lakes area chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

"The Parrot Heads have always been into helping out their communities -- to benefit someone locally, we like to help someone out," said Parrot Head Jim Brogren.

"We do other things, as far like environmental throughout the year, so this is our thing we do for the community. We think Habitat is great. Nationally, a lot of the Parrot Heads are involved in (Habitat)."

The Boats & Bars fun kicks off at the beach in front of Zorbaz at 11 a.m. on that Saturday. As with all the stops, there will be live music at the start of the day.

From there, boats will head to the sandbar on the lake for more music beginning at 12:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m., participants will gather at Long Bridge, followed by Beachfront Bar & Grill at 5. The evening ends at Zorbaz, with music from Wisconsin music man Jambo starting at 8.

"He's great. It's going to be really fun," he said.

Joe "Jambo" Bones defines his music as "laid-back rock, country, originals and Jimmy Buffett tribute music" on his Web site.

"Of course I'd heard the song Margaritaville, but wasn't really familiar with his other songs. So I bought my first Buffett album, and I was hooked. Jimmy's music brought back the familiar style of music I heard coming from my parents' record player in the '70s. Acoustic-based, lyrical music," he writes.

For those of you who don't have a boat, there's still opportunity for fun. If you have a boat, you're welcome to join in. Tickets are $15 per person, and everyone is given a free drink at each location.

But if you don't have a boat, you can still join in the fun by going to each bar, without the boat.

"They get a full day's entertainment for $15, and the proceeds go to benefit habitat," Brogren said. Tickets are available through Parrot Heads members.

The money raised will benefit the Habitat homes built this year, said Executive Director Brian Smith.

"Our current build is with Cory and Miranda Baumgartner and their children Hannah (5), Makayla (3), and Nate (6 mo). Our goal is to build two homes this year," Smith said.

The house is already well on its way, but there is always a need for more help. Volunteers are encouraged to call 844-5397 or visit www.habitatofdl.org for more information.

For more information on the Parrot Heads, visit www.lakesareaparrotheads.com, and for more information on Jambo, visit www.jamboacousticmusic.com.

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