JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 The \u201849er Ball is back!\r\n\r\nOne of Jackson\u2019s longest traditions is returning after a brief hiatus. The 49er Ball is back this February under new direction. Riot Act Inc. announced it will take over the longstanding winter dance that dates back to 1896.\r\n\r\nRiot Act will infuse a theatrical flair to the community party taking place Saturday, February 16 at the Virginian.\r\n\r\n\u201cA Jackson Hole staple since 1896. Live out the past in costume, find an excuse to dance like it\u2019s 1849, gamble away the suspenders off your back, and watch theatrical characters play out their worst sins,\u201d organizers at Riot Act stated.\r\n\r\nActivities will include dance lessons, a live band, silent auction, gambling for donations, a cash bar, all the vitals you can eat, and more!\r\n\r\nAnd, of course, every good pioneer settler is asked to vote for their favorite 49er Ball Royalty.\r\n\r\n \tAngel May "The Mistress" Wise\r\n \tAnnessa "The Muscle" Melnick\r\n \tAlex "Jose Joe" Perez\r\n \tJeff "Joy Juice" Russell\r\n \tMax "The Kid" Martin\r\n \tPatty "The Madam" Krause\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHistory\r\n\r\nThe claim to the dance dating back to 1896 would certainly make it Jackson\u2019s oldest party. Period. While it was not likely referred to as the 49er Ball, it is conceivable an organized dance of some kind took place in Jackson beginning in 1896 when the \u2018Clubhouse\u2019 was first constructed.\r\n\r\nSeveral groups took over the official 49er Ball through the years, most recently the Lions Club beginning in 1992. But like many service clubs, the Lions found it more and more difficult to pull off the event with dwindling membership. In 2018, for the first year any could recall, the event never came off.\r\n\r\nWith the Lions Club\u2019s blessing, Riot Act has taken over hosting the event. Every 49er Ball begins with a voting period where a King and Queen of the Ball is named.\r\n\r\nVisit the website and pick your favorite contestant(s) by voting for them. It costs $1 per vote. You may vote as many times as you like.\r\n\r\nTickets are $20 in advance online\u00a0or $25 at the door. Doors open at 6:30.\u00a0Buying your ticket to support a royalty contestant?\u00a0 Please chose your tickets under that person\u2019s name when you purchase your tickets.