Hurry up and wait

Kiwanis tickets go on sale Friday

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In an effort to be the first in line for tickets to the annual Kiwanis play, Theresa Schneider isn't saying exactly when she'll start the wait -- only that it will be "early."

For years, Moffat County residents have tried to trump one another, sometimes waiting in line longer than overnight for tickets to the regularly sold-out performance in which members poke fun at a wide range of community members and local and national events.

"You always get the best tables if you're in line first," Schneider said. "It's a chance to get together with a bunch of people you haven't seen for a while."

Tickets to the Kiwanis annual performance March 4 and 5, go on sale Feb. 4, but some early birds say the waiting is as fun as the performance. Residents pull up with campers, lawn chairs and, often, heaters to brave chilly weather, to stake out spots in line.

Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building Post 4652 on Victory Way on a first-come, first-served basis, Kiwanis member Jeff Corriveau said.

"We always encourage people to get there when think you need to," he said. "It's as much of a social event as anything."

Tickets are $15 or $180 for a table of 12. Each person in line may reserve one table for each night of the performance.

The VFW restaurant is offering a breakfast buffet starting at 5:30 a.m. Friday. Dinner will be offered until 9 p.m. Thursday night.

Employee Carla Young said that might help get people "sobered up and fed."

"We're trying to do something different," she said. "We want them to remember once they are here to come back (and eat) more than once a year.

But like the shroud of secrecy that generally surrounds the 58 past Kiwanis plays, Corriveau wouldn't reveal the nature of this year's performance -- only that "nobody or nothing is exempt from being in the Kiwanis play."

"Even somebody doing something on March 2 could get in the play," he said. "Until we put the play on the stage, nothing's safe. We all don't mind laughing at ourselves and others. It's just a way to let off steam."

The play is Kiwanis' only yearly fund-raiser, Corriveau said. Proceeds go to support the group's youth scholarship fund, Key Club functions, Special Olympics and funding for senior citizens, among other causes.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com

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