MISSOULA – The 97th annual Foresters’ Ball, “Saw Fumes and Outlaw Tunes,” will be held Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at the University of Montana Adams Center. The Careers in Natural Resource Management Fair and Community Forestry Day also will return as part of the festivities this year.
The dance will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight both nights in the East/West Auxiliary Gym of the Adams Center. Tickets cost $20 for singles and $35 for couples. They will be available Monday, March 17, at the University Center, the Sunrise Saloon and the Adams Center Box Office. Pre-sale tickets will be available Monday, March 10, at http://www.griztix.com and at all GrizTix outlets.
Lead-up events have been scheduled:
- Saturday, March 8: Fir tree cutting at Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Students will meet behind the Forestry Building at 8 a.m. to carpool to the thinning unit, where nearly 500 small trees will be thinned and used as decorations at the ball.
- Thursday, March 13: Boondockers Day on the Oval, 11a.m.-1 p.m. UM students can try their hand at ax throwing, crosscut sawing and keg tossing to win a ticket to the ball. The deans of the College of Forestry and Conservation and the School of Law will take turns seeing who can sling the most cow dung across the Oval lawn. The helicopter ticket drop will be at noon.
- Monday, March 17: Construction “Ball Week,” 8 a.m. Forestry students and other groups will begin construction of the traditional logging town. Everyone is invited to help, take pictures and be part of this 97-year tradition, provided they wear a hard hat.
Missoula-area high school students and UM students with undeclared majors are invited to the Careers in Natural Resource Management Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Adams Center. The event is hosted in collaboration with the Forestry Scholarship Association and features natural resources employers from across the region.
The public is invited to the free Community Forestry Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Adams Center. Missoula-area families and youth can experience all the fun and interactive aspects of the forestry world. Smokey Bear will make an appearance; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will have furs and fish to feel and catch; and forestry students will assist kids with their first mini-logging experience.
The dance will feature it’s traditional “Swingin’ Good Time” aspects, including the Drinkin’ and Dreamin’ Bar, where patrons can get a Coke for Kiss; the Mugshots photo booth; the Two Strokes Camp maze of trees; free chili at the Hungry Highwaymen’s chow hall; Cutters and Rakers barbershop; Gold Rush Picks general store; Bosworth’s Last Stand jail; and the Choker Bell Chapel, where couples can be married – and divorced – for a small fee collected by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority for Camp Mak-A-Dream. Patrons also can walk back in time at the Honky-Tonk Heroes exhibit and Tall Timber Tales timeline.
The Foresters’ Ball is planned and put on by students in the UM College of Forestry and Conservation. All proceeds benefit student scholarships and ensuring this tradition continues for years to come.