Leaders will play it for laughs

A former state senator, a county commissioner and an ex-radio personality walk into a school together — and if this sounds like it should lead to a punchline, they're certainly hoping that will be the case.

Former state Sen. Brady Adams of Grants Pass, County Commissioner C.W. Smith and ex-radio host Garth Harrington are three of nine amateurs who will take the state at South Medford High tonight and tell jokes to raise money for a camping ministry.

Their show begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door, among other outlets.

In addition to Adams, Smith and Harrington, would-be comics lined up for the show include financial planner Larry Cogdell, financial adviser Terall Blaylock, retired L.A. police officer Dave Twitchell, children's pastor Cory Burket, Oregon Groundwater Association board member Kevin Gill and Central Point Assembly of God's Doug Gould.

The event is a fundraiser for Wilderness Trails, a nonprofit camping ministry for underprivileged youth in Southern Oregon.

Professional comedian Kris Vendehey will head up a panel that will judge the amateur comedians.

Details: 541-772-2892.

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