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2022 49er Ball

On a frigid night nearly 100 valley residents came to together at The Virginian Lodge to celebrate all things Jackson Hole. The theme for this year’s 49’er Ball — the oldest and longest running community event in Jackson — was “Act Like a Local.”

One could see people in the usual cowboy hats and boots, but also fly-fishing enthusiasts complete with rod and reel, and the always the showy salon and can-can girls with fishnet stockings.

2022 49er Ball

“Nothing up my sleeve,” David “Huck” Henneberry jokes as he deals cards at the 49er Ball on Saturday evening at The Virginian Lodge. The ball is a Jackson tradition — the first was held in 1896 to celebrate the gold rush of 1849. Highlights included a live band, silent auction, gambling for donations, and dancing. See the Valley section for a story.

2022 49er Ball

Dawn Kent and husband Ron Daveler dance the night away at the 49’er Ball.

2022 49er Ball

Bonnie Budge, 91, center, is surrounded by family and friends while posing for pictures with Wack-o-Wax Lips at the 49’er Ball on Saturday at the Virginian Lodge. Budge organized the event for years.

2022 49er Ball

Ian Chapman tries his luck at the craps table.

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