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UM celebrates 101st Foresters’ Ball

Students at the University of Montana are celebrating 101 years of the annual Foresters’ Ball to raise scholarship money for students.

Students at the University of Montana are celebrating 101 years of the annual Foresters’ Ball to raise scholarship money for students.

After hours of lifting, cutting and sweating, Schreiber Gymnasium will be transformed into a turn-of-the-century logging town filled with people.

“I am super excited, so at the Foresters’ Ball, I’ll be sure to put my boots on and my cowboy jeans and be ready for a night of swing dancing,” said student Tess Parker.

The event is open to everyone.

“You meet a lot of people who are talented, and you kind of just get thrown around,” said student Abby Hudson.

Highlights of the Foresters’ Ball include a barbershop, saloon, beer garden and more.

Ball chief Eamon Burke says the event is meant to be fun but has a main purpose since 1915, and that is to raise money for students.

“It's a student scholarship fundraiser, to raise money for student scholarships. So if a student puts a certain number of hours into the building and production of the Foresters’ Ball they are qualified for a scholarship, and the scholarships are funded by all proceeds from the ball,” said Burke.

Burke says a lot of work and dedication goes into it.

For the past few weeks students have spent countless hours transforming the gym to celebrate the logging industry in Montana.

“In western Montana logging has always been kind of the cornerstone of industry here, and obviously the University of Montana has a great forestry department, and there is a lot of really great foresters that come out of this,” said Burke.

The festivities will last for two days, and once it is done the gym will be back to normal.

“Right after the Foresters’ Ball on Saturday night we have 24 hours to tear this all apart and make it look like we were never there,” said Burke.

But coordinators are already planning for a bigger and better event next year.

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