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Hawgs 4 Dawgs

Having fun and being charitable are normally considered to be separate activities.

But as Hawgs 4 Dawgs -- celebrating its foourth year this June 25 -- shows, that doesn't necessarily have to be the case.

Hawgs 4 Dogs is an annual motorcycle rally, which is held to benefit the Detroit Lakes' Humane Society of the Lakes.

"All of the money that we raise goes directly to the shelter," said Diane Hughes, who is in charge of the event.

"It benefits the animals out there that are waiting for adoption."

It also happens to be a great time.

"When you get 50 to 100 motorcycles going down the road, its really a fun sight," Hughes said.

Participants register from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Zorbaz on the Saturday of the event, and then spend the afternoon driving on a 110-mile circuit through Minnesota and North Dakota.

The ride is only half of the event, though.

"We'll make a stop at an establishment," Hughes said. "Last year we stopped at Ice Cracking."

"We stay there for 25 minutes or something like that, get off our bikes, and go to the next stop."

This year's stops are still tentative, because the route has not been confirmed yet.

In addition to the experience itself, participants have a chance to win multiple prizes, including overnight stays at hotels and casinos in the region.

"We have a couple of items coming from 7 Clans Casino," Hughes said. "I'm anticipating something from Shooting Star as well. It sounds like we're going to get show tickets.

"We have some great prizes," she added.

Although Hawgs 4 Dawgs waffles in numbers from year to year, the event maintains a loyal core base that participates every time it is held.

"We've had a loyal following throughout the years," Hughes said. "There are some who go every year."

The cost to participate in Hawgs 4 Dawgs is $15 per rider, or $35 per couple.

For more information, contact Hughes at (218)-847-0885. -- Nathan Kitzmann