UM 102nd Foresters’ Ball to Feature ‘Saw Bands and Wild Lands’

January 25, 2019

UM President Seth Bodnar helps prepare for the 101st Foresters’ Ball.MISSOULA – The community is invited to a weekend of dancing and fun in an old-fashioned logging town during the University of Montana’s 102nd Foresters’ Ball from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, in the Schreiber Gymnasium.

The Foresters’ Ball is an annual dance with live music that raises money for student scholarships. UM students spend a week transforming the gym into a turn-of-the-century logging town with a saloon, barbershop, chow hall, general store, jail, chapel, museum and slide. This year’s theme, “Saw Bands and Wild Lands,” was selected by Chief Push Emily Onderbeke, a senior wildlife biology major from Granite Falls, Washington.

The Ball also will feature performances by local Missoula band Cash for Junkers and a beer garden. Participants must enter the Ball by 10 p.m., when the doors will close.

Tickets are available for purchase at GrizTix, in person in the University Center the week of Jan. 28 and at the door.  Student discount tickets are available.

The Foresters’ Ball also offers a weekend-long celebration with fun opportunities for the entire community to learn more about forestry and conservation. Events include:  

  • W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Open House – 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Forestry Building. The open house is an opportunity for alumni and friends to mix and mingle with faculty and current students. Faculty members and graduate students will display their research.
  • Community Forestry Day – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Schreiber Gym. Hosted by the Forestry Scholarship Association in conjunction with the Foresters’ Ball, Community Forestry Day is a free event designed for children and families and is a great opportunity to see the Foresters’ Ball during daylight hours. Organizations from UM and the local community will have interactive booths full of games, prizes and more.
  • Foresters’ Ball Auction Dinner – 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Schreiber Gym. Hosted by the Forestry Scholarship Association, this fundraiser dinner includes a full plate of Montana BBQ and a silent auction. Tickets are $25, and advanced purchase is required by Tuesday, Jan. 29, at

For more information, visit the Foresters’ Ball website at


Contact: Maggie Noriega, Foresters’ Ball publicity officer,; Kasey Rahn, communications specialist, UM W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-6693,