Craig Fire/Rescue offers tropical fun at weekend luau |

Craig Fire/Rescue offers tropical fun at weekend luau

Event a fundraiser for scholarships

Lyndi and Doug Wagoner take a break from dancing during the Craig Fire/Rescue Firefighters' Ball and Hawaiian Luau on Saturday night at The O.P. Bar & Grill. The event drew many residents and was a fundraiser for the department's scholarship fund.
Andy Bockelman

The air was a little cooler, and there may have been no palm trees to be found, but apart from that, the Hawaiian Luau hosted by Craig Fire/Rescue captured the spirit of the islands.

The 75th annual Firefighters’ Ball was well attended Saturday night at The O.P. Bar & Grill by folks wanting to kick back and enjoy a night of dancing, drinks and good company. Although a fire call kept the crew busy in the afternoon, they were able to don their aloha shirts, break out the leis and party down with everyone else, Battalion Chief Troy Hampton said.

“We just appreciate everybody coming out to support us,” he said, adding that about $2,500 of donations from the community helped the event, a fundraiser for local scholarships, stay successful.

Hampton said there was some slightly colder weather than they had expected, but most didn’t notice, cozying up to the fire pit, grabbing some drinks and food and busting a move on the dance floor, lit up by plenty of multicolored lights amid the night.

Couple Kathryn and Lee Sampson engaged in an energetic swing routine, needing a moment here and there to catch their breaths.

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“It’s been a lot of fun, and Mountain West (Kathryn’s workplace) comped our tickets, so it’s been great,” Kathryn said.

Door prize giveaways and a limbo contest toward the end of the night were among the features, but it was the people present whom Doug Wagoner was glad to see, hanging out with the heroes of the local fire brigade.

“It’s really important for all of us in the community to support them,” he said.

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