CENTRAL HEIGHTS — The Central Volunteer Fire Department has come up with a unique idea for a fundraiser, assuming the four-legged participants aren't too stubborn to do their part.

The department will have a donkey softball game at 6 p.m. June 15 at the Central Dixie Youth Baseball Field at the intersection of Lauderdale 15 and 234.

Cleve Miles, of the Central Fire Department, said the idea came from a firefighter who had witnessed a donkey basketball game in the past. However, they decided to do something different by making it a softball game.

Miles said when a batter hits a ball, he or she hops on a donkey and tries to make it around the bases. At the same time, when a fielder gets the ball, the fielder must get on a donkey in order to try to put out the runner.

"Meanwhile, the donkeys are doing whatever it is they do," Miles said.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the game. Ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Concessions will be sold as part of the fundraiser.

Tickets are available at the Lauderdale County Cooperative, 1026 S Court St., Florence; Central Pharmacy, 11350 Alabama 2020; and Emergency Wear, 513 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals.

"We hope it's going to be a good fundraiser for us," Miles said. "It'll be a fun family event for the community, as well, so bring your lawn chairs and have some fun."

He said the game will include audience participation for anyone who wants to give it a try.

"Anybody in the audience who thinks they want to ride, all they have to do is sign a waiver and they'll play," Miles said. "We encourage you to get involved in it."

bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5739. Twitter @TD_BDelinski

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