The day got started bright and early Monday morning for some forestry students, with the laying of the foundation for what will turn Schreiber Gym into an 1890s logging town for the 101st annual Foresters' Ball. 

Beginning at 7 a.m., student volunteers first covered the gym floor with plastic and liner board before putting several layers of tarp on top, then piecing together the wooden floor that has been used for more than 70 years. 

This years theme, Seven Hells and Choker Bells, was a tip of the cap to the event's resilience, Chief Push Eamon "Dozer" Burke says.

"Of course a lot of people want to see it make it to the 100th (annual), but I think it's really a lot to be said that we've made it passed that point and we're still going," said the 21-year-old resource conservation major. "No matter how many hells, no matter what we face, the Ball is getting built." 

The makeshift town will be complete with a chapel for those looking to get faux-hitched, a saloon, chow hall and of course a huge dance floor; among other buildings. 

Publicity Officer Jess Brammer said materials are gathered during the fall semester and almost all are locally sourced. 

"We pick up slabs from local mills. That's just the discarded piece of wood that has the bark on it," Brammer said. "So we go on slab runs starting in September or October."

She added that the Forestry Department also has thinning projects, where they go out and cut dead trees like the lodgepole pines and Douglas firs used for support and decoration.

The Foresters' Ball began in 1915 as a scholarship fundraiser, and all proceeds from the logging town-themed dance go to a scholarship fund for students who put in at least 80 hours of work. 

"Anything we make goes back to the students who worked on it," Burke said. 

Steve Frame and His Western Rebels will provide the live, swing-dancin' music; they opened for the event last year.

Both Burke and Brammer are hoping for big, sell-out crowds this weekend.

"It's just a great tradition. It's a great thing to be apart of," Burke said. "It's a great thing to see."

There will be a beer garden for patrons over the age of 21 with a view of the stage so no one will miss out on the action. No outside alcohol will be permitted. 

The event is this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $18 for singles and $32 for couples and can be bought through the Foresters' Ball website or at the West Atrium in the University Center. 

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