Arriving at 4:45 a.m., Ashton Harber, 13, and her stepmother, Monica Harber, both of Hughesville, were first in line for the 17th annual Journey to Oz Cupid’s Ball ticket sale opening at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center on the Campus of State Fair Community College. This will be Aston’s last year to attend the ball sponsored by the Women’s Service League of Sedalia. “We got up at 3:30 a.m.,” her mother said. “She’s never stood in line before, so this is her last year, and I decided she needed to experience it.” Ashton will be attending with her father, Chad Harber. Behind the Harbers are, from left, Daren Belardo, purchasing tickets for him and his daughter, Grace Elizabeth, 7, and Ryan Smith, purchasing tickets for him and his daughter Jordyn, 12. Both men live in Pettis County.
Standing three-fourths the way back, Colton Easter, 15, stands with his sister, Mollie Easter, 9, waiting for the doors to open for ticket sales. Mollie said this was her fifth time to attend with her father, Patrick Easter, of Green Ridge. Also waiting, on right, is Christina Robinson, of Sedalia, getting tickets for her husband, Chris, and daughter, Olivia, 7. At 7:30 a.m. the ticket line extended into the hallway approximately 71 feet.
Being first in line insured Ashton she would be first to purchase her tickets. Three ticket selling stations were set up to help sales move faster. This year’s theme for the Feb. 1 ball is Journey to Oz, and will feature live “Wizard of Oz” characters.
By Faith Bemiss