Dance to benefit mini golf

FAIRMONT — Project 1590’s “Kids Just Want to Have Fun” committee will host a father/daughter dance from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont.

The dance is a fundraiser for the mini golf course the group plans to install next to the Fairmont Aquatic Park.

“We did a father daughter dance in 2017 and that was a fundraiser for the indoor playground,” said Laura Olson, co-chairperson of the committee.

She was referring to the indoor playground at Five Lakes Centre, which was the first big project for the Kids Just Want to Have Fun committee.

“We’re trying to kind of make this an annual or semi-annual thing,” Olson said of the dance. “It’s something fun to do but it’s also a fundraiser for whatever current project we’re working on.”

The dance is for young women and an adult role model. Olson said they want the dance to be inclusive.

“We haven’t set an age limit but we’re suggesting 12 and under,” she said. “We have some other games and activities that will be available that are probably more for those 12 and under, but we won’t turn anyone away.”

There will be pizza and snacks included in the ticket cost. There also will be a live DJ and a photo booth that will print photos families can take home.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $15 per family and may be picked up through Friday at the Martin County Library in Fairmont. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 per family. All proceeds will go toward the mini golf course.

So far, two-thirds of the $70,000 needed for the project has been raised. All nine holes have been sponsored and spoken for by local businesses, and there are plans to add more holes in the future.

With the majority of the funding secured and Saturday’s fundraiser scheduled, the course should be ready in the next six months.

“We’d love to break ground in the spring but we’re fairly confident that it will be finished in the summer of 2019,” Olson said. “We’re moving along pretty well.”

The course will be handicap-accessible.

It will be maintained by the city.