The eighth-annual Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, at the Fest Building in Spring Grove. Events of the evening include dinner, ceremony, entertainment, displays, photo portraits and more.

Hosted under the umbrella of the Houston County Council of the American Legion, a non-profit organization that has membership from each of the five Legion Posts in Houston County, the event honors all military personnel who have served this country.

All military members (past and current from all branches) are invited from within the Legion's First District and beyond, as well as all spouses, families and supporters of those who serve in the military.

Shawn Schloesser, veterans field representative for Congressman Tim Walz, will be the guest speaker.

The Cheers Swingin' Big Band from La Crosse will be returning by popular demand. The nine-piece group of teachers and music teachers performs including a variety of swing, jump (jive) swing, Latin, polkas, waltzes, fox trots, rock 'n' roll and lush ballads.

Attire for the military ball is Sunday best, semi-formal or formal, with many wearing their military or veteran's organization uniform.

Cocktails and photos begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:45. Following the program, dancing will be from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

Invitations have gone out in the mail to those who have attended the ball in past years and others who had already signed up.

For those who would like to attend or for more information, call (507) 498-5440 or email

Attendance is by RSVP only. Reservations must be made by Friday, April 6.