It’ll be alright on the night

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The organiser of next week’s Queenstown Memorial Hall ‘Locals Ball’ expects a late surge of ticket sales. 

Michelle Trapski remains confident that 500 tickets will be sold for the June 1 fundraiser towards the $3 million hall upgrade – despite more than half the tickets remaining unsold. 

“Locals, love them to bits, are notorious for leaving it all to the last minute,” Trapski says. 

“The good thing is people are talking about it, people are starting to make arrangements. 

“We’ve been using Facebook, that’s had a really strong response and that’s quite a good indicator. I’d like to think we could get 500 locals out for a Friday night for a party – how hard in theory should that be?” 

Trapski says some younger people mistakenly think you have to be a “local local” to attend. 

“If you’re in Queenstown, you probably are pretty close to being a local because it’s not winter yet and it’s not summer.” 

The event, featuring continuous music, isn’t strictly a ball, she says. 

“People, when you say ‘ball’, think it’s going to be sit-down and quite formal – but it’s going to be lots of dancing and more of that party emphasis.” 

Trapski hopes ticket sales, a silent auction and bar takings will raise $15,000-$20,000 towards the hall upgrade, which starts in late July. 

The $70-a-head tickets are available at the council offices on Gorge Road, The Supply Room, Lone Star restaurant, In The Pink, ASB’s Queenstown and Remarkables Park branches, Vudu Cafe, Nemo Workroom at Frankton and Dorothy Browns Arrowtown Cinema.