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ASSDF Fall Festival

2016 Festival Dance
2016 Festival Dance Schedule
2016 Festival Dance Restaurants And Lodging
2016 Festival Dance Location And Weather
2016 Festival Dance Registration


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The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city, usually the second weekend of October. There is a Trail-In Dance on Thursday night...then the Friday night dance features a National Caller for the Square Dancing...and Arkansas Cuers for the Round Dancing. Saturday activities feature fun dances, workshops, the ASSDF Delegates Meeting on Saturday morning, plus the afternoon and evening dancing to Arkansas' Callers And Cuers. There will also be door prizes, vendors, a Teacup Auction, and Split The Pot, at the weekend. Each club is asked to prepare a gift basket to raffle off.

Proper Square Dance Attire is REQUIRED at the evening dances (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)... although casual attire is OK for the Friday and Saturday daytime dances, and dance level workshops. Note that depending on participation, there may or may not be a fashion show or vendors at the weekend.

It is also worth noting that ''While visitors will be able to watch the dance at no charge, the moment they step on the dance floor to dance, they become dancers...and will be expected to pay the at door registration fee...which is $20 per person. If not, they will be asked to leave the dance floor, and the premises''.

Also, whether you dance for part or all of the weekend (Thursday night, Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening...either individually (one day or evening), or all 3 days, you will be REQUIRED to pay the fee of $20 per person. There is ''no reduced fee'' for those who only make it for one evening session. Many festivals outside of Arkansas charge a higher rate for a similar dance festival weekend schedule, so by comparison, $20 is a bargain.

The bottom line is, that it's NOT fair to those dancers who have PAID THE FEE, and yet, someone is ''dancing for free'', or paying the full free, and someone is dancing for a lesser amount...and, last but not least, because of insurance issues.

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2016 Fall Festival

The 2016 ASSDF Fall Festival dates are Thursday, Oct. 13...Friday, Oct. 14...and Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. However, since both nearby colleges, Ouachita Baptist University, and Henderson State University, have their HOMECOMING WEEKENDS during October, it is crucial that those wanting lodging for the dance weekend, MAKE THEIR RESERVATIONS EARLY. During those HOMECOMING WEEKENDS, it is PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A HOTEL ROOM in the area, if you delay in making your reservations!! Details on lodging are located here.

The 2016 Fall Festival will once again be at Betty's Big Country Dance Hall in Caddo Valley, Arkansas. The hall has a hardwood floor, making it great to dance on. National Caller Mike Bramlett of the Rebel Rousers Square Dance Club out of Dallas, Texas...will be calling the dance Friday night, October 14...with Cathy And Fred Fisher cueing the Rounds Friday night. Then, Arkansas' Callers And Cuers will be calling and cueing dancing for Saturday and Saturday night.

Also, there will be a Delegates Meeting sometime on Saturday...possibly in the morning, as it was for the 2015 Fall Festival. Topics to be covered will include revisions of the ASSDF By-Laws, and Election of ASSDF Officers for 2017...among other topics. For more information on the Delegates Meeting, click here.

Note that a printable flier, in Adobe Acrobat PDF format will be placed online as soon as possible.

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2016 Fall Festival Schedule

As of now, here is the schedule for the 2016 ASSDF Fall Festival. Additional details will be posted as soon as possible...and the times listed beloware subject to change.

Thursday, October 13: Trail-In Dance, Betty's Big Country Dance Hall. The dance time and caller information are to be announced. A separate admission fee will be charged, with proceeds benefiting the host club, the Maverick Mixers.

Friday, October 14: Registration opens, possibly at 3pm, with a Dinner Break at 5pm. Pre-Rounds will be from 6:30pm to 7:20pm, with Cathy Fisher, cueing. The Grand March will be at 7:30pm, followed at 7:45pm with squares by National Caller Mike Bramlett, and rounds by Cathy and Fred Fisher.

Saturday, October 15: Delegates Meeting (possibly in the morning...exact time to be announced). There will be morning and afternoon fun dances and workshops (times to be announced). There will be a Lunch Break around 12 Noon, with a Dinner Break around 5pm. Pre-Rounds, will be from 6:45pm to 7:20pm, with Cathy Fisher, cueing. The Parade Of Clubs will be at 7:30pm...followed by squares and rounds by Arkansas' Callers And Cuers, as well as line dancing, starting at 7:45pm.

Details on other items, such as Split The Pot, a Teacup Auction, Door Prizes, etc. will be posted as soon as possible.

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2016 Festival Restaurants And Lodging

There are several food venues and lodging choices nearby. First, restaurants within either one block, or within a mile of Betty's Big Country Dance Hall, include such places as McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Subway, Waffle House, Fat Boys (Barbeque, Chicken, and Fish), Ta Molly's (Mexican), and Cracker Barrel.

Lodging wise, note that DANCERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR OWN HOTEL RESERVATIONS...and you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!! This is because of the HOMECOMING WEEKENDS of the nearby colleges (noted above). If you delay in making your reservation, you may find yourself unable to get lodging!!

You will need to GUARANTEE the room with a credit card. Some of the hotels have discounts, such as AAA, so please be sure to ask for them. While you can mention that you are with the square dancers, it is likely the rate per night will be over $100 (plus tax)...but that is to be expected most anywhere you travel nowadays. Most of these are within a few blocks, or walking distance of Betty's Big Country Dance Hall.

The following hotels have rooms available...please call them directly:

Holiday Inn: (870) 403-0880

Best Western Inn: (870) 246-5592

Comfort Inn: (870) 246-3800

Quality Inn: (501) 693-1378

America's Best Value Inn And Suites: (870) 247-5855

Note that Hampton Inn, Super 8, and Super 6 are also available. However, I do not have phone numbers for them.

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2016 Festival Location And Weather

Caddo Valley is at Exit 78 off of Interstate 30 in southwest Arkansas, north of Arkadelphia. The closest airports are at Little Rock National Airport, and Texarkana Regional Airport. The airport at Arkadelphia, located a short distance west of the Arkadelphia, Arkansas Amtrak Station, is likely a private airport for small planes only.

Road construction may be occurring on Interstate 30, between Texarkana and Arkadelphia to the southwest, and between Little Rock and Arkadelphia to the northeast. For updates on road conditions, construction, traffic patterns, click here for the I Drive Arkansas website.

Speaking of Amtrak, the Amtrak Texas Eagle serves Arkadelphia, Arkansas...several miles south of Interstate 30. A history of the Arkadelphia station is located here. Note that Arkadelphia is a FLAG STOP...meaning that the train will stop ONLY if passengers are ticketed to board, or depart, at Arkadelphia. Note that there is NO TICKETING OR CHECKED BAGGAGE SERVICE at Arkadelphia. Arkadelphia Taxi Company can be reached at (870) 230-3012...however, I do not know if they operate 24 hours a day or not.

If the train is on time...for the NORTHBOUND Texas Eagle, arriving from Hope, Texarkana, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, and all intermediate points...arrives 10:02pm. With the SOUTHBOUND Texas Eagle, arriving from Chicago, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, Saint Louis, Walnut Ridge, Little Rock, Malvern, and all intermediate points... it arrives at 4:20am. Note that on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday...the NORTHBOUND Texas Eagle, makes connections those mornings with The Sunset Limited at San Antonio, which runs between New Orleans, and Los Angeles...serving such cities as Houston and El Paso, Texas...Deming and Lordsburg, New Mexico...Tucson and Maricopa (Phoenix), Arizona...and other intermediate points. On Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings (after stops in Arkadelphia those mornings), the SOUTHBOUND Texas Eagle makes connections with The Sunset Limited at San Antonio. But, other issues (weather, freight traffic, etc.) could cause the train to be DELAYED. So, it's best to check with Amtrak on the status of the train.

The ''last staffed stations'' on either side of Arkadelphia, are at Texarkana, and at Little Rock. Stations at Malvern, and Hope...are like Arkadelphia...with NO TICKETING OR CHECKED BAGGAGE SERVICE. Amtrak can be reached at 1-800-872-7245 (1-800-USA-RAIL), or via their website.

For current weather conditions and forecasts for Caddo Valley, Arkansas, click here. Other things to do in the region while attending the weekend include the Caddo Valley Flea Market, Caddo Valley River Canoeing, with fishing and boating on Lake Degray, within Lake DeGray State the park for information on fishing, boating, camping, and lodging.

Also, Crater Of Diamonds State Park, 45 miles away in Murfreesboro, Arkansas...allows you to hunt for diamonds, and keep any that you find...the only park of its kind in the country!!

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2016 Festival Registration

Registration is $20 per person for the ENTIRE matter if you dance all 3 days (Thursday night, Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday day and evening), or just for one evening dance. Many similar festivals outside of Arkansas charge a higher fee for the weekend registration, so by comparison, $20 is a bargain. There is NO REDUCED FEE for dancers who just show up for the Saturday night dance.

To register, send your name, address, city, state, and zip, along with a check or money order, payable to the ASSDF for $20 per person to Brenda Griffin, 103 Indian Springs Drive, Bryant, AR 72022. A printable flier, in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, will be placed online as soon as possible.

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