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ASSDF Fall Festival

2015 Festival Dance
2015 Festival Dance Schedule
2015 Festival Dance Restaurants And Lodging
2015 Festival Dance Location And Weather


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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. 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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2015 Fall Festival

Plans are already underway for the 2015 ASSDF Fall Festival Dance. The festival is slated for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 8, 9, and 10, 2015, at Caddo Valley, AR...just north of Arkadelphia at Exit 78 off of Interstate 30. The dance will be sponsored by the Star Steppers of Pine Bluff Arkansas. Festival Co-Chairs are Bill and Roana Petrie, along with Earl and Lynn Milroy. Their contact information is located here. Pre-registration is $20 per person, and $25 at the door.

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 printable flier, in PDF format, will be posted as soon as possible.

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2015 Festival Dance Schedule

Here is the current schedule for the weekend...other times and events will be added later.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Trail-In Dance, Time To Be Announced - Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse

Friday, October 9, 2015 TBA - Registration Opens TBA - Afternoon Fun Dance TBA - Dinner Break -- The Friday Night Meal will be catered by Smokin' In Style BBQ out of Hot Springs. You'll have a choice of beef or pork, and a large side. The cost is $15 per person, plus tax. Part of the proceeds will be given to the ASSDF. However, a MINIMUM amount of people are required for it, or the catered meal will have to be CANCELLED. Please contact Roana Petrie, 3114 Donaldson Lane, White Hall, AR 71602 (870) 540-6773, as soon as possible, if you plan to attend. If you can pay in advance, that'd be appreciated. 6:45pm to 7:20pm - Pre-Rounds 7:30pm to 8:00pm - Grand March, Introductions, etc. 8:00pm to 10:00pm - Squares called by National Caller Tim Tyl - Rounds cued by Cathy and Fred Fisher

Saturday, October 10, 2015 TBA - Registration Opens TBA - Morning Workshops TBA - Lunch Break TBA - Afternoon Fun Dance TBA -
ASSDF Delegates Meeting (including election of 2016 ASSDF Officers) TBA - Dinner Break 6:45pm to 7:20pm - Pre-Rounds 7:30pm to 8:00pm - Grand March, Introductions, etc. 8:00pm to 10:00pm - Squares and Rounds with ASSDF Callers And Cuers
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2015 Festival Restaurants And Lodging

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

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!!

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.

Hotel Name: Holiday Inn Caddo Valley -- Website
Address: 7 Frost Road, Caddo Valley, AR 71923
Telephone And Contact: (870) 403-0880 -- ask for Robyn if there are problems
Prices: $89 for King, $99 for Queen
Total Rooms Available: 25 -- Discount Code: Square Dance Event

Hotel Name: Best Western Continental Inn -- Website
Address: 136 Valley Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Telephone And Contact: (870) 246-5592 -- ask for Dan if there are problems
Prices: $64
Total Rooms Available: 10 -- Discount Code: Square Dance Event

Hotel Name: Comfort Inn Of Arkadelphia -- Website
Address: 100 Crystal Palace, Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Telephone: (870) 246-3800
Prices: $15
Total Rooms Available: 15 -- Discount Code: Square Dance Event

Hotel Name: Quality Inn
Telephone And Contact: (501) 414-4965 (ask for Lena Glace)
Prices: $49 to $59 (Discount Code: ASSDF)

Hotel Name: America's Best Value Inn And Suites -- Website
Address: 141 Valley Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Telephone: (870) 247-5855
Prices: $49 to $59 (no discount code available)

Hotel Name: Motel 6
Telephone: (870) 246-6333
Prices and Discount Code Unknown

Hotel Name: Super 8 --
Address: 118 valley Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Telephone: (870) 246-8585
Prices and Discount Code Unknown

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2015 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 just west of the Arkadelphia, Arkansas Amtrak Station, is likely a private airport for small planes only.

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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