Reserved seating planned for annual concert in Smithfield
By Casey Hobson
The Smithfield City Council decided to offer reserved seating to the annual Bar J Wranglers' concert Nov. 18, in the Sky View High School auditorium. The decision came in an attempt to control the demand for front-row seating.
The council estimated reserved seating will cost $10, a $4 increase from last year, and said there are people who will gladly pay the extra money.
"There are people who will pay those (extra) bucks to know they are in that seat," Councilman Keith Fortie said.
The Bar J Wranglers is a country-western group that performs musical comedies in Jackson Hole, Wyo., during the summer. It usually finishes its summer performances in September and has come to Logan for almost a decade. The shows in Jackson Hole include a campfire meal, designed to taste like it came straight off the chuck wagon. However, when the group performs in Logan, it omits the meal.
"It's sold out every year," Mayor Kent Ward said of the annual program. "We get people from Ogden and Salt Lake City that come up here. We get people from all over. They're probably one of the best family entertainment groups."
Ward said tickets to past performances have been sold on a flat rate, and seating was on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year, an estimated 500 people lined up before the doors opened in an attempt to get front-row seats.
"You get five or six people who come and save five or six rows," City Manager James Gass said.
Though the reserved seating might mean some seats are left vacant, the council said it should help cure the mad rush that has occurred in the past when the doors were opened.
"Our concern is getting the revenue," Councilman Preston Watts said. "It's sad when people have to leave, but I think it's their right to leave an empty seat because they paid for it."
The council is unsure how many rows it will offer for reserved seating. Ward said the best idea might be to go to the Sky View auditorium and make the decision there.
"I think that before we do this, we would probably want to go look at it and see how far we'd want to go back," Ward said.
The council estimated nearly 1,160 tickets will be available for the