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Basin Recreation Fieldhouse will have a monster of a ball

When the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse held the first Monster Ball four years ago, the shindig was for high school students.

Unfortunately, those students weren’t too enthusiastic about it, so they made adjustments and threw it for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders.

"We found the older kids could give or take it and then wound up doing something else on their own," said fieldhouse manager Matt Strader during an interview with The Park Record. "So we changed it and have had some pretty good success in building this up over the years."

The Basin Recreation Fieldhouse and Park City Concerts will present the Fourth Annual Monster Ball at the fieldhouse on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. The night will consist of dancing to a live DJ, costume contests and prize drawings.

The secret of the ball’s success is listening to what the students want to do, Strader said.

"We do what they want and they want to dance," he said. "They want it dark and they want flashing lights, a stage, a DJ, good music and place to show off their costumes."

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The fieldhouse will be transformed into a dance club for kids, Strader said.

"We’ll set up a big stage and have a concert atmosphere," he explained. "We’re bringing in a nice stage and lighting system and have a dance floor and DJ. We’re going to decorate and turn the lights down."

Parents needn’t worry because the event will be "well supervised," Strader promised.

"We’ll have the Basin Recreation staff and people for Park City Concerts doing the rounds to make sure everything is OK," he said.

The evening’s highlight will be the prize drawings for each age group

"Ramp Snowboards has come on board with some great items," Strader said. "They have donated a couple of snowboards to give away to eighth- and ninth-graders, and we’ve got a set of junior skis from Rossignol to give away to a lucky seventh grader." Also, Skullcandy has donated products for prizes during the costume competition.

The goal is for everyone to have a good time, for a nice price, Strader said.

"Admission is $10, which basically covers the cost," he said. "Basin Recreation doesn’t want to make money with these types of community events. We just want to provide an inexpensive event for the kids.

"There are many activities for high school kids and for pre-teens, but the ones who will attend the event are usually the age groups left out," Strader said. "That’s why parties like these are important."

Park City Concerts and Basin Recreation will present the fourth annual youth Monster Ball at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse, 1388 Center Dr., on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10. The night will feature dancing, costume awards donated by Skullcandy, and prize drawings. A live DJ will provide the music. The first 200 kids to arrive will get a free Monster Energy Drink. For more information, visit http://www.basinrecreation.org.