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Dent Fiesta to raise money for local projects

The Dent Community Club Fiesta dinner and raffle is January 20 at the Dent Community Center. The raffle begins at 7 p.m.1 / 2
The Dent Community Club Fiesta dinner and raffle is January 20 at the Dent Community Center. Dinner is at 5 p.m. The raffle begins at 7 p.m. (submitted photo).2 / 2

If you're looking for a good meal and a good time with friends, the Dent Community Club's Fiesta dinner and raffle is coming up on January 20 at the Dent community center.

Nicole Seifert, member of the Dent Community Club, said the Fiesta was started as a way to get the community together during the winter and is held in conjunction with the raffle, the group's

biggest and only fundraiser for community projects.

The fiesta includes a taco feed that starts at 5 p.m. with all the fixings and ice cream for dessert. The meal is free, but a free will offering will be accepted. A pinata will be on hand to entertain the kids. At 7 p.m. the raffle drawing begins.

Seifert said most of the items being raffled off were donated by area businesses. Twenty seven items are available to be won, with the top prize being $500 cash. There's a wide range of items to appeal to a wide range of tastes, from food - ½ hog, to tech items such an Amazon Echo Plus. For those looking to get away, there is a vacation at East Silent Lake Resort. Other items include a TC compass rifle, a Yeti cooler, and a wine basket. For a complete list, go to the Dent Community Club Facebook page, where a picture of the raffle ticket is posted.

There will also be an onsight raffle going on during the dinner; those are sold on sight, raffle tickets don't have to be present to win.

All of the money raised goes back into the community, Seifert said.

"Last year we fixed up the tennis courts in town. With some help from the Perham Rotary and Perham Health, we resurfaced the courts and added Pickleball lines in addition to basketball hoops," she added.

Seifert added that they also made some improvements at the community center and fixed up the playground. Projects on the list for this year include updating the signs at the community center.

"The fiesta theme was probably chosen just to try and find something that was different and festive, a way to draw people out in the winter and use the community the center," Seifert said, adding that they get a good crowd every year, with an average of about 240.

"We can't fit too many more people in the gym," she said. "People come and stay and visit and hang out until we close. We have a good turnout. One year was cold and bad weather, but we still had a good turnout."

For more information, go to the Dent Community Club Facebook page.