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ASSDF Fall Festival

2014 Festival Dance
2014 Festival Schedule
2014 Festival Lodging
2014 National Square Dance Convention
2015 Festival Dance


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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 workshops, a Fashion Show, the ASSDF Delegates Meeting, plus the evening dancing to Arkansas' Callers And Cuers. There will also be door prizes, vendors, a teacup auction, split the pot, workshops, and fun dances at the weekend.

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. Visitors may observe the events associated with the weekend at no charge.

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2014 Festival Dance

The 2014 Fall Festival will be held in the Heber Springs High School Cafeteria...but due to school schedules, access to the facility will NOT be until AFTER school activities conclude on Friday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2014. Note that the property where the dance will be held is a NO SMOKING venue.

The main reasons for this location are COST...and that no other club apparently was willing to bid for the festival. Basically, it has become almost impossible to find a venue for the square and round dance activities, delegates meetings, vendors, etc. at a reasonable price for the Friday and Saturday time frame. Arkansas is not like some cities, where there is a dedicated facility for square and round dancing...whether for nightly dances, or big festivals.

The 2014 Festival was originally going to be sponsored only by the Rebel Reelers of Conway...but, they will co-sponsor it with the Heber Springers of Heber Springs. Back to the cost, the venue cost for Conway for Friday and Saturday would have literally bankrupted the ASSDF... and that likely would've also meant an END to publication of The Modern Square...if not the END of square and round dancing in Arkansas. Plus, as noted earlier, there apparently were no other clubs that put up a bid to host the weekend.

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2014 Festival Schedule

Pat Kotal, from the former Texas Po' Boys will be the Featured National Caller on Friday night, Oct. 11. Pre-Rounds and Line Dancing Friday night will start at 7pm, with square and round dancing to follow.

Dancing on Saturday, Oct. 12, will feature Arkansas' callers and cuers. Saturday's schedule will also feature workshops during the day...including round dancing from 9am to 9:45am...and line dancing from 10am to 10:45am. There will be a Delegates Meeting Saturday afternoon (which includes Election of Officers for 2015), then square and round dancing Saturday night.

For a flier in PDF format, including a registration form and lodging information, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

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2014 Festival Hotel Information

Although this information is already on the flier, I have reproduced it here for your convenience. Rooms will likely need to be guaranteed with a credit card. When you call the desired hotel noted below, please mention ''ASSDF Square Dance Rate''...otherwise, you're likely to pay more. The room rates are good until Sept. 26, 2014. Rates are per night and do not include tax. Website links are provided for your convenience, if you'd like more information on what accomodations are offered.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
Location: 1350 South Ridge Parkway, Heber Springs, AR 72543 (501) 887-9500
Room Rates: $79 per night, whether for a Standard Room with 1 King, or 2 Queen Beds.

Hotel: Quality Inn
Location: 3450 Highway 25B North, Heber Springs, AR 72453 (501) 362-1000 or 1-866-403-0577
Room Rates: $69.95 per night, whether for a King Room with a Sofa Bed, or a Double Room.

Hotel: Red Apple Inn And Country Club
Location: 305 Club Road, Heber Springs, Arkansas 72543 (800) 733-2775
Room Rates: $115 per night for Boutique Rooms (recently renovated), $105 per night for Heritage Rooms.
Condominiums are also available at the rates of $170 per night for 1 bedroom, $195 per night for 2 bedrooms, and $215 per night for 3 bedrooms.

Campers And RV's: Please Contact Jimmy Sanders, Wagonmaster, at (501) 827-2366 or (501) 230-7114 for more information.

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2014 NSDC

The Arkansas Square Dance Convention, Incorporated (ASDCI), bid for, and RECEIVED the bid for Arkansas to host the 2014 National Square Dance Convention. Since Arkansas now does have the bid, we need all the workers we can get, as it will take a LARGE AMOUNT OF WORKERS to make the event a success. Please STRONGLY CONSIDER HELPING showcase Arkansas Square And Round Dancing, to not only dancers around the U.S., but those from outside the U.S., who will attend. A full listing of events and other information for the 2014 National Square Dance Convention, to be held in Little Rock, is located here.

While the 2007 Single Square Dancers USA Labor Day Dance-A-Rama was held in North Little Rock...Arkansas itself has NEVER HOSTED a National Square Dance Convention; at least not until the 2014 National Square Dance Convention.

To view the Special Proclamation by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe for the 2014 National Square Dance Convention, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

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2015 Fall Festival

Plans are already underway for the 2015 ASSDF Fall Festival Dance. The location and caller are to be determined. Further details will be posted as they become available.

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