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ASSDF Fall Festival

2015 Festival Dance Recap
2016 Festival Dance
2016 Festival Dance Restaurants And Lodging
2016 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 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.

Recently, there was confusion about whether there would be a charge for visitors (non-dancers). 2015 ASSDF President Brenda Griffin sent out an email, stating 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. If not, they will be asked to leave the dance floor''.

Also, there is discussion on the festival fee with at door registration. Many festivals outside of Arkansas charge the same fee, as a package deal, whether you dance for one, two, or all evenings...and this may be voted on by the ASSDF Board.

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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2015 Fall Festival Recap

The 2015 Fall Festival in Caddo Valley, Arkansas (near Arkadelphia), was a great success...with over a dozen squares each night!! Thanks to everyone who participated in the weekend, and especially to Co-Chairs Earl and Lynn Milroy, as well as Bill and Roanna Petrie. Also, thanks to those who worked with areas such as the Teacup Auction, Registration, Door Prizes, and Split The Pot, among others.

A special thanks to caller Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse for providing the sound system for the callers Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Moorehouse, and his dad, Naaman Moorehouse, Senior for calling the Trail-In Dance Thursday National Caller Tim Tyl for calling the Friday night Arkansas' Callers and Cuers who called Saturday Cathy and Fred Fisher for cueing the Round Dancing during the festival...and to Martha Wyre and Carolyn Birdsong for the line dancing. Carolyn Birdsong also took several pictures at the dance, and these will be posted in upcoming editions of The Modern Square, and in selected square dance groups on Facebook.

Also, a special thanks to those who took out advertisements in the Program Book...a list of these is located here.

Lastly, A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to all those dancers, who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, etc. These were recognized at the dance...and we extend A HEARTFELT THANKS TO EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE to your country.

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2016 Fall Festival

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.

The 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 the event is set up EARLY...and that those wanting lodging for the dance weekend, will MAKE THEIR RESERVATIONS EARLY. During those HOMECOMING WEEKENDS, once the room blocks are released, it is PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A HOTEL ROOM in the area!!

Further details on dates, scheduling, and lodging 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. You likely will need to GUARANTEE the room with a credit card. Be sure to mention the appropriate discount code that will be noted (once lodging information is posted), to obtain the special rates. Most of these are within a few blocks, or walking distance of Betty's Big Country Dance Hall.

These discounted rates will likely expire in September, if not earlier. So, you're strongly encouraged to make your reservations early!! Again, each dancer is reponsible for making their own reservations...and 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.

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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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