|2015 Festival Dance|
|2015 Festival Dance Schedule|
|2015 Festival Dance Restaurants And Lodging|
|2015 Festival Dance Location And Weather|
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 (which will be SATURDAY MORNING), plus the afternoon and 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. 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. Visitors may observe the events associated with the weekend at no charge.
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Dancing will be at Betty's Big Country Dance Hall, at 102 Crystal Drive in Caddo Valley, for the Trail-In Dance on Thursday night...and for dancing on Friday, Friday night, Saturday, and Saturday night...with a wood floor to dance on. A flier with all the information (which is also noted on this page) can be downloaded here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and/or print the file.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015 Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse 6:30pm to 7pm - Fun Dances 7pm to 9pm - Mainstream 9pm to 10pm - Plus 10pm to ???? - ????? Great Doors Prizes. Amish Food Baskets. *** Friday, October 9, 2015 2pm - Registration Opens 2:30pm to 4:30pm - Afternoon Fun Dance 4:30pm to 6:15pm - Dinner Break NOTE: Due to a lack of sign-ups, the Friday night catered BBQ dinner has been CANCELLED. Those who have prepaid will be issued refunds. 6:15pm to 7:00pm - Pre-Rounds (Cathy Fisher, Cuer) 7:00pm to 7:20pm - Welcome (Brenda Griffin, ASSDF President) Invocation (Bill Petrie, Co-Chairman, ASSDF Fall Festival) Flag Presentation (Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse) National Anthem (Susan White) Introductions (Brenda Griffin and Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse) 7:20pm to 10:00pm Square And Round Dancing National Caller Tim Tyl (Squares) Cathy Fisher (Rounds) 10pm to 10:45pm After Party (Plus Level Dancing) Tim Tyl and Friends *** Saturday, October 10, 2015 8:30am to 10am ASSDF Delegates Meeting. For more information, click here. 10am to 11am Educational Seminars Media - Carolyn Birdsong Digital Music - Naaman Moorehouse, Senior Dancing With Style, Ron Wise Marketing - Lieutentant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse 11am to 12 Noon Fun Dance - Arkansas Callers 12 Noon to 1pm Lunch Break 1pm to 2:15pm Round Dance Workshop and Intro To Rounds - Cathy Fisher, Cuer 2:30pm to 5pm Mainstream and Plus Workshops - Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse, Caller 5pm to 6:30pm Dinner Break 6:30pm to 7:10pm Pre-Rounds (Cathy Fisher, Cuer) 7:10pm to 7:30pm Parade Of Clubs and Pictures 7:30pm to 10:30pm Square, Round, and Line Dancing (Arkansas Callers, Cuers, and Prompters)Return To Top Of Page
Lodging wise, there are 5 hotels on the list, and their details are noted below.
Note that DANCERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR OWN HOTEL RESERVATIONS. You likely will need to GUARANTEE the room with a credit card. Be sure to mention the appropriate discount code noted, to obtain the special rates. Most of these are within a block, or walking distance of Betty's Big Country Dance Hall.
These discounted rates will likely expire in late September (if not earlier). So, you're strongly encouraged to make your reservations early!! There is also another ''fall festival'' in town that weekend, so BE SURE THAT YOU MENTION SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL when calling to make your room reservations, to receive the discount.
Prices are subject to change without notice, and likely do NOT include Sales Tax. Each site does include breakfast (likely a Continental Breakfast). Lastly, links, where available, have been provided, for your convenience.
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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 Park...call 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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