Murder in Margaritaville

Oct 09, 2014

It only makes sense that with the popularity of the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) shows, there should be one set in paradise.

That is exactly what will happen Saturday, October 11 at the Black River Coliseum when Ozark Family Resource Agency (OFRA) presents its Seventh Annual Murder Mystery fundraising dinner.

This year the murder will take place in what would seem to be paradise, Margaritaville.

Bobby Baugh, Marketing Director for OFRA, said that this year’s event will be very interactive, with guests who buy tickets to the event arriving at Margaritaville, a seemingly typical Caribbean resort.

“There will be the typical kind of resort things, like sand, games, souvenir shops, massages, tattoos, and a tiki bar,” explained Baugh.

Baugh will be playing the role of “Jack Daniels,” the barkeeper of the resort. The guests will be interacting with one another, but this fun-filled vacation spot will take a dark turn when a body is discovered. It will be up to the tourists to try to figure out who was responsible for the murder.

“This is always a lot of fun,” he said.

This year, attendees will also have an opportunity to enter a raffle for an all-inclusive, five-day Sandals Resort vacation, including airfare for two. It’s estimated to be a $15,000 package.

Tickets for Murder In Margaritaville are $30 each, which includes dinner, drinks and entertainment.

Tickets are available in Poplar Bluff at Bread Company, Federal Credit Union, Poplar Bluff Realty and Southern Bank. Las Margarita’s of Poplar Bluff will be providing their classic margaritas for the event.

Poplar Bluff is the headquarters for OFRA, which is a not-for-profit organization founded in Ripley County in 2002 with the purpose of helping families in need. Diane Silman, founder of the organization, felt many families in the area needed help in dealing with issues like domestic abuse, child abuse, and poverty-related issues like needing emergency shelter and affordable housing and other family support services.