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Mardi Gras arrives early in Shoshoni

Feb 28, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Shoshoni Senior Center is hosting a Mardi Gras celebration this week, with dinner and a mock casino night Friday.

"We have the fake money so people can just gamble it up," organizer Dawn Marie Thacker said. "Then we'll have a live auction after that so they can use their fake money to buy whatever."

It costs real money to get in, though. A dinner of jambalaya, corn bread, collard greens, slaw and king cake will be served 5:30-7 p.m. for $9 per person.

"The food's going to be great," Thacker said. "Our cooks here (are making the meal) using Chef Emeril Lagasse's recipes."

Six baby figurines will be placed throughout the king cake, and whoever finds the dolls will be eligible for a prize.

"We have all these novelty goofy gifts too that we're giving out," Thacker said.

People who pay $15 will get dinner and $200 in Mardi Gras money, and $5 will garner $100 in mock funds. Games are open 7-9 p.m. and include blackjack, roulette, chuck-a-luck and two-up.

"It should be pretty fun," Thacker said. "Then there are lots of wonderful auction items. We've had a really good response from the businesses in town."

Proceeds from the event go to the senior center at 209 Main St.

For more information about the community event, call 876-2703.

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