Prom dress rugby

A gleeful Hazel Palacio is tackled in her shimmering blue gown during a practice run of the Jackson Hole Moose Rugby prom dress fundraiser. The actual match kicks off 6:30 p.m. Friday on the rodeo grounds grass lot. 

Who hasn't wanted a prom night do-over? Maybe the punch stained your dress, the music was too loud, your date left you on the dance floor? 

Well, Friday night's your chance, thanks to a full-contact, prom-themed match played by the Jackson Hole Moose Rugby team. The tomfoolery is a chance to garner interest in the sport and raise funds so the 40-some "ruggers" can travel to tournaments across the state.

“We love to do ridiculous things and make fools of ourselves, and this is a great way to do it,” women's team president Nat Smith said.

Sequin-clad spectators can pay to make the game even more ridiculous thanks to add-in options like throwable pies, costume swaps and piggy back rides. 

Men's team president Brad Walsh is currently hacking the sleeves off of an old tuxedo to prepare for the co-ed match, which is set to kick-off Friday at 6:30 p.m. on the rodeo grounds grass field. Walsh said the guys aren’t planning to go easy on the gals and warned some of his teammates can be quite competitive.

"Nobody’s going to be smashing heads, but it’ll be full-contact,” he said.

For more details – and tips for your own event attire – pick up a copy of Friday's Jackson Hole Daily.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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