Wausau’s 54th Possum Festival and Fun Day will see the return of an old favorite, Donkey ball. Donkey ball was a big hit in Wausau in the 70s and 80s, but the fad slowly left the area.

For those who don’t know, “donkey ball†is exactly what it sounds like: Baseball or softball played on the back of a donkey. The batter hits the ball, runs and jumps on the back of a donkey, and hopes he can make it to first base. Hopes –  because donkeys don’t always cooperate. The chances are the rider will be thrown off, go in another direction, or just stand there. While other players are also on donkeys, try to get around the baseball diamond.

This year’s donkey baseball teams are Hometown Heros, made up of Washington and Bay County first responders, and JJ Da Possum, locals from the community.

Donkey Ball Entertainment brings their own donkeys. They also provide instruction to the players, as well as entertainment to those of us in the stands.

Catch the donkey ball fun this Saturday, August 5, at the Possum Palace in Wausau. Pregame festivities are at 6 p.m., with the game beginning at 7 p.m. Concessions will be for sale at the game.

Admission is $10 per person over sixteen at the gate with free admission for those under 16.
Bleachers will be set up for watching the game, but spectators are welcome to bring their own chairs.