Members of the Alta Music Boosters will hold their 43rd annual music smorgasbord this Saturday evening, and organizers are hoping for a good turnout at the event.
The smorgasbord will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Alta Elementary School, and all proceeds will go to benefit the programs the Music Boosters provide.
Tickets for the fundraiser will be $6 for adults (over 11 years old) and $3 for children (ages 5-10) and can be purchased at Darell's Foodtown or at the door.
Children under five years old will be admitted free of charge.
The smorgasbord is the largest activity the club sponsors during the school year, and Music Boosters Vice-President Mary Pedersen said the fundraiser has attracted a large number of people over the past few years.
"The smorgasbord really has been very popular," Pedersen said. "Last year we served about 700 to 750 people, and it's really been a tradition in Alta for the past 43 years."
Money raised from the event will help a variety of music-related projects, including purchasing large band instruments such as mellophones, baritone saxophones, tubas and timpani, buying music stands and sheet music and financial support of major trips for the music groups.
The club also provides money for students to attend summer music camps and helps assist with the fourth grade instrumental music parents meeting.
Petersen said the goal of the Music Boosters is to lend as much moral and financial support to the music students as possible.
"We try to encourage all of the students," Petersen said. "For example, even if they don't make All-State or Honor Band, we send them cards letting them know they have done a good job, and we give gift bags to the Honor Band students for their hard work. We want to let them know we care."
The event is being officially organized by the eight officers of the Music Boosters Club, but parents will not be the only ones involved with the smorgasbord.
Many music students will also be lending their services during the three-hour fundraiser, as they will help serve food, wait tables and will deliver food to those in town who are unable to attend the event in the elementary school.
"I think they'll be able to show that Alta kids work really hard and they do deserve what they are getting because of all the hard work they are putting in," Petersen said. "It's a great opportunity to show everyone how wonderful these kids are every day."