Billie Sue Bradshaw had been awake since 5 a.m. Thursday, and by 11:30 a.m. Friday, she was feeling fatigued.
But she had no plans to sleep any time soon. She was having fun drinking and hanging out with friends while waiting in line for Craig Kiwanis Play tickets.
"It's like standing around a campfire in the city limits," Bradshaw said. "It's an excuse to have fun and not be reprimanded for it."
She and about 50 other play fanatics set up canvas camp chairs, cracked open a case of beer and settled in for the long haul outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.
Tickets went on sale at 6 p.m. Friday. The 60th annual Kiwanis Play is scheduled for 8 p.m. March 3 and 4 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The play typically draws 900 viewers divided between the two show nights.
Kiwanis members said residents have been gathering for ticket sales for about 20 years. The waiting has become a local tradition.
"Where else can you stay up for 36 hours and get $15 worth of entertainment?" said Richard Haslem, this year's play chairman.
Robert Kincade, a probationary firefighter with Craig Fire/Rescue, was the first in line. He showed up with his chair at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and put it right next to the door. He said he was pleased to be "the first on the scene" and is excited for the play.
"It's probably one of the best community events in Craig and it's for a good cause," Kincade said.
The play raises money for the Craig Kiwanis Club, a nonprofit organization that supports scholarships, Special Olympics and other community service groups.
Stacy Ovenden has been standing in line every year for six years. She said the event has grown since she started coming. Campers are beginning to fill the parking lot and it's harder to be the first one there, Ovenden said.
Haslem said the Kiwanis implemented a new system to check on people this year. Haslem said people need to stay on the property with a raffle ticket given to them.
Those waiting could take turns staying up with friends or family, but someone from their group had to be there at all times.
Most of all, Haslem said he hopes people are excited for the play, which showcases cross-dressing and comical commentary on life in Craig.
"Anything that's happened this past year is subject to being mentioned," Haslem said.
Bradshaw said that's what makes the play one of the most anticipated events.
"It smoothes over the problems in the community," Bradshaw said. "They make fun of all the things that go wrong in the community, and everybody can laugh about it."
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org.