Back with a bang: 15 guns up for grabs as Detroit Lakes Jaycees to host Gun Bingo event on Saturday, Oct. 8

With 15 guns to be given away to Bingo winners and another 8 guns to be raffled, the Detroit Lakes Jaycees hope the allure of free firearms will draw another 400 people to their Gun Bingo event at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion on Oct. 8.

More than 400 attend the Detroit Lakes Jaycees Gun Bingo event at the Detroit Lakes Armory on April 30, 2022.
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DETROIT LAKES — Back by popular demand, the Detroit Lakes Jaycees will be hosting Gun Bingo at the Pavilion in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Fifteen firearms will be up for grabs and go to the winners of 15 separate Bingo games separated into three rounds of five games during the event.

More than 400 attend the Detroit Lakes Jaycees Gun Bingo event at the Detroit Lakes Armory on April 30, 2022.
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"We're very excited it's coming back because we had a huge turnout in April," said Mandie Tretbar, an event organizer for Gun Bingo.

The Detroit Lakes Jaycees had more than 400 people attend their first Gun Bingo event this spring at the city's armory, she said.

"When we planned it this time, we knew we needed a bigger venue," said Tretbar.


Each round costs $20 to enter and consists of five games. Extra cards can be purchased for each game at $2 per card and blackout cards are available for $5.

Woodfire Pizza will be on-site serving food along with the Kettle Corn trailer, but also, she said, attendees are welcome to bring their own outside food to the event.

A cash bar will open at the Pavilion at 6 p.m. with Bingo starting at 7 p.m.

More than 400 attend the Detroit Lakes Jaycees Gun Bingo event at the Detroit Lakes Armory on April 30, 2022.
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Tretbar added, due to Oct. 8 also being Barktober Fest, the Jaycees will donate half of the tips collected at the bar to the Humane Society of the Lakes.

Lakes Sport Shop in Detroit Lakes is supplying the guns for the event in partnership with the Jaycees. However, winners will not be able to take their weapons home with them that night, she said. The sport shop will hold the weapons until the winner passes a background check. If the winners don't want their gun prizes, they will be exchanged for store credit at the store.

"(Lakes Sport Shop) treats us very well," said Tretbar. "If you don't want the gun you actually won, or you want a handgun and you don't have a permit to purchase, (the winner) will just get credited (at the shop) and you can trade it in for another gun, or a bow ... or whatever."

Lakes Sport Shop will raffle off an additional eight guns with raffle tickets each costing $20.

The event is 18+ and IDs will be checked at the door.


Tretbar also said this event is a great way to introduce potential new members to the Detroit Lakes Jaycees, which is a community volunteer service organization that is open to anyone between 18 to 40 years old.

Guns available to be won at the event will be:

Round One

  • Maverick SS tactical
  • North American Arms mini eagle (handgun)
  • Ruger 10/22 Mule Deer
  • Winchester SXP Wood
  • CZ B/2 wood

Round Two

  • Mossberg Shockwave
  • Stoeger STR-9 9mm
  • Savage Axis Muddy Girl
  • KSA Cricket blue laminate
  • Ruger Security 9mm teal

Round Three

  • Savage Axis II flag 30/06
  • Taurus G25 9mm
  • Traditions Buck Stalker
  • Kel-tec PMR 30
  • Weatherby Vanguard BRONZE 300 mag
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