Thank you, Lake Tahoe, for making our 50th Annual Firefighter's Ball a resounding success! We are grateful to our community. If you are the recipient of a silent auction prize or raffle ticket, please feel free to pick it up at our fire station in Meyers (2211 Keetak Street). You may call us at 530-577-3737.
The first ball was Feb. 4, 1961. It was initiated by the Lake Valley Ladies Auxiliary to assist in raising money for the district’s training and equipment needs. The first band to play at the ball was the Don Keller Band, and the event was at the American Legion Hall. In subsequent years, local bands such as George Worth, Mal and the Movers, and The Riptides entertained dancers throughout the evening.
If you’re doing the math and counting the years from 1961, this should be the 51st annual event. In 1964, however, part of the American Legion Hall collapsed under the snow load and the ball was canceled for that year.
Starting in 1965 the ball was at the Elk’s Club Lodge in Meyers. During those years, dinner was cooked and served to attendees by the firefighters and the ball became the area’s premier event. Many times the crowd exceeded the capacity of the hall.
Extra outhouses had to be brought in and outfitted with heat and lights....