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Rhinelander Scholarship Foundation raffling off Mexican-carved HodagSubmitted: 09/22/2017
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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Rhinelander Scholarship Foundation raffling off Mexican-carved Hodag
RHINELANDER - Pretty much everyone in northern Wisconsin knows about the Hodag.  People living in southern Mexico likely don't.  But a Mexican-made handcrafted Hodag will now help Rhinelander students go to college.

Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation member Harlan Larson and his wife went to Oaxaca, Mexico several years ago and met famous woodcarver Armando Jimenez there.  The couple learned Jimenez had traveled to Wisconsin in the past, but he hadn't ventured north of Baraboo.

"The first thing he says is, 'What's a Hodag?'" Larson recalled. "So, my wife did a rough diagram of the Hodag and then she asked if he could possibly carve one for us."

Jimenez did and shipped it to the Larsons. Late last year, the Larsons decided to ask Jimenez for another carving to potentially raffle off. Jimenez's wife painted the Hodag in mainly traditional Northwoods colors, but added some Mexican flair, too.

"The Hodag was completely new to him, so I think it was a challenge and I'm guessing that he enjoyed the challenge," Larson said.

Larson came up with the idea of raffling the Hodag to raise money for scholarships. The RASF board agreed to sell tickets at all home Hodag football and basketball games throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Individual tickets cost $10. Packs of three tickets cost $20. All money raised will go toward some of the nearly 100 scholarships the RASF gives out each spring.

"To know that someone else got a Hodag like I've got a Hodag will make me feel really good," Larson said.

The Hodag, which is one solid piece of  comes with a log cabin home that Rhinelander Fab Lab students made. The winner will be announced on February 22nd.

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