“Some stuff is written and we probably have half of the play put together, but we’re waiting for more current events to show up. A special announcement would be that 'Buck Obama' and 'Doe Biden' are going to be at the play to talk gun control.”
— Kiwanis member Mike Butler about next month’s Kiwanis Play.
It’s a tradition as old as the event itself.
And every February for over three score and seven years, Craig residents have not only battled frigid overnight temperatures, but also sleep deprivation, temporary alcohol-induced blindness, and the occasional tragic encounter with the opposite sex for a chance to acquire ticket number 001 for the annual Kiwanis Play.
On Saturday, the parking lot across the street from J.W. Snacks was covered in ice and snow, but a weeklong cold front had snapped in time for dozens of locals to stake their claim in the ticket line and bask in the relative warmth of the winter sun — a seemingly neverending supply of packaged goods in tow.
Many had arrived the night before, but found little use for the campers, tents and sleeping bags that would be their transient homes.
And when the clock struck 3 p.m. Saturday the band of Kiwanis faithful navigated their way across Tucker Street, and through a sea of blood-shot eyes and numbed tongues, to J.W. Snacks for what Mike Butler dubbed as the greatest opening day in the Kiwanis Play’s 67-year history.
Butler is a Kiwanis member and administered Saturday’s ticket sales.
Within a few minutes, nearly all of the seats for the play’s second night were spoken for, Butler said.
“This year was better than last year and the year before,” Butler said. “People are still getting used to the new venue and new format we’re doing for ticket sales, but this was the best year for ticket sales than we’ve had in at least the last five years.”
The Kiwanis Play, slated for 8 p.m. March 1 and 2 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, has a reputation of being famously hilarious or notoriously vulgar depending on the viewer.
Although Butler declined to divulge the topics Kiwanis members plan to satire, he did say playgoers could expect an appearance from two special Washington, D.C., guests.
“Some stuff is written, and we probably have half of the play put together, but we’re waiting for more current events to show up,” Butler said. “A special announcement would be that 'Buck Obama' and 'Doe Biden' are going to be at the play to talk gun control.”
Although most of the tickets for the March 2 showing are gone, Butler said there are plenty of choice seats available for opening night.
Anyone who will miss Saturday’s fun is encouraged to contact Jeff Pleasant at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, 970-824-9359, to check availability.
Tickets cost $20 per person, or $200 for a table of 10.
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.