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Beach Party Bash

Girls, grab your poodle skirt; guys, grease your hair back; it's time for a flash back to the '50s and '60s.

Ending the Big Bash event in the winter, the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes is starting a new celebration: Beach Party Bash.

Slated for June 17, the event will feature music, dancing, beverages, food and classic cars.

The family-friendly event includes music by Vincent and the Van Goes and Bob and the Beachcombers.

"They're a party band, and they get the crowd involved," Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes Executive Director Pat Petermann said of Bob and the Beachcombers.

"We want to bring back the '50s and '60s," he added.

There will be beverages by Bleachers and food by Lon Eikern's Camouflage Melon. The Camouflage Melon will offer hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork and French fries.

Tickets to the event are $18 in advance or $23 at the door. Tickets get you in to hear the music, and food and beverages are extra. Tickets can be purchased at the club, at the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store and More, from board members and from Central Market.

Sponsoring the event are Nereson Automotive and Bremer Bank.

Before the music though, the evening will kick off with social hour and music by ShowTyme DJ at 6, followed by a live auction at 7, Vincent and the Van Goes at 8, and Bob and the Beachcombers at 9:30. There will also be a wish list for the Boys and Girls Club for people to donate to throughout the night.

"It's for all those who want to come and have a great time," Petermann said, "and dance up a storm."

With the pervious Big Bash event and the Polar Plunge being so close together, this year the club decided to change it up a bit.

"We just wanted to try something new and different," Petermann said of the Beach Party Bash event. -- Pippi Mayfield