Annual Firefighter’s Ball heats up |

Annual Firefighter’s Ball heats up

Craig Fire/Rescue to hold event this summer instead of winter

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos

— For some snow boots with an evening gown is a fashion don’t.

So they snowshoe in high heels, enduring the cold, just to make it to the Firefighter’s Ball.

At least, that is what happened in the past.

This is the reason Craig Fire/Rescue has moved its Firefighter’s Ball from the winter into the summer months.

Chief Chris Nichols is looking forward to the change.

“The ball is casual this year because most people did not like the formal aspect of the ball,” Nichols said.

The Craig Fire/Rescue’s 69th annual Firefighter’s Ball will be from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Aug. 4 at the OP Bar and Grill, 534 East Victory Way.

The Firefighter’s Ball has become a tradition for both the community and the Fire Department, said Dennis Jones, chair of the Firefighter’s Ball.

Tickets for the ball are on sale for $10 with all proceeds from the ball going to the Fire Department’s scholarships fund.

Each year the Fire Department presents scholarships to high school seniors pursuing a higher education. The department’s goal is to sell at least 300 tickets.

“We encourage the community to get involved to show their support for the firefighters and our scholarship program,” Jones said.

The theme of this year’s ball is Hawaiian Luau.

As tiki torches light the beer garden of the OP Bar and Grill and the community dances to the sounds of a live band, there will be many activities to participate in, Jones said.

Grass skirts, flowered shirts and Hawaiian leis are encouraged attire for the event.

“We want everyone to come dressed up in Hawaiian gear,” Jones said. “There will be a best-dressed contest.”

Those who work up an appetite during the limbo contest can be replenished at the hamburger bar, which will include hamburgers off the grill and other snacks.

To attend the Firefighter’s Ball you must be 21 years or older. Tickets still are available and can be purchased at the Craig Fire Department or from any local firefighter.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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