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Hodag fans have the opportunity to win a hand-carved statute of the Rhinelander mascot through a fundraiser by the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation (RASF). Raffle tickets are on sale now, with the winner announced at the final home basketball game, Feb. 22.
The statue was commissioned by RASF vice president Harlan Larsen, who met artist Armando Jimenez during a trip to the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The state is known for its alebrijes, which are carvings of animals, people, objects and imaginary creatures painted with bright colors and detailed patterns. Jimenez is the grandson of the artist considered the father of Oaxacan woodcarving.
In addition to the statue itself, the raffle will include a home for the Hodag, which was custom-made by Rhinelander High School students in the new Fab Lab. The Hodag home is a 3D-printed frame resembling a log cabin with Plexiglas sides and removable top.
Tickets are $10 each or three for $20 and are available at both sporting and community events. Proceeds will go into the fund for future RASF scholarship recipients.
For more information, visit rhinelanderasf.org, follow RASF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email RASFHodags@gmail.com.