ASSDF Fall Festival
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ASSDF Fall Festival

Contents
Overview
2017 Fall Festival Overview
2017 Fall Festival Restaurants
2017 Fall Festival Hotels
2017 Fall Festival Directions And Weather
2017 Fall Festival Registration


Overview


To get to the previous page, press the BACK BUTTON on your web browser. To return to the ASSDF Homepage, click on the ASSDF logo at the top of the page. This page was last updated on August 21, 2017. A flier for the festival, in PDF format (you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file), is now available with Caller/Cuer Info/Registration Form, and the Lodging and Restaurant Info. Note that the Best Western listed on the flier is apparently CLOSED...and the number for the America's Best Value Inns And Suites is INCORRECT on the flier.

The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city, usually around 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 (usually in the morning), plus the afternoon and evening dancing to Arkansas' Callers And Cuers. There will also be door prizes, 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's 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 (for Friday and Saturday), and, if they attend the Thursday night Trail-In Dance, a separate fee (payable at the door). 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 fees for the Trail-In Dance, Friday, and/or Saturday...the exact fee depending on which ones you attend.

There is ''no reduced fee'' for those who only make it for one evening session. Many festivals outside of Arkansas charge a much higher rate for a similar dance festival weekend schedule (no partial sessions).

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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2017 Fall Festival Overview


The 2017 Fall Festival will be Thurday through Saturday, October 12-14, 2017 at Betty's Big Country Dance Hall, located at 102 Crystal Palace Drive, in Caddo Valley, Arkansas. This is just south of Interstate 30 at Exit 78, north of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Activities include a Trail In Dance on Thursday night, hosted by the Twirling Lariats, with Dave Towry and Tim Tyl as callers (a separate admission fee is charged, payable at the door)...then morning and afternoon fun dances and workshops Friday and Saturday afternoon...the ASSDF Delegates Meeting on Saturday morning...then Pre-Rounds, plus Squares, Lines, and Round Dancing Friday and Saturday evenings. A full dance schedule will be posted as soon as possible.

The Friday Night National Caller will be Dan Nordbye. All of Saturday's square dancing will feature Arkansas' Callers And Cuers. Round Dancing for the festival will be cued by Cathy and Fred Fisher of the Conway Rounders.

The Parade Of Clubs will also be held on Saturday evening, with the Grand March.

NOTE: I was originally planning on attending, but unexpected medical and financial issues have come up for me. So, unless I can make it down for the ASSDF Membership Meeting on Saturday morning (weather and health permitting), I won't be there...sorry for any inconvenience. However, a handout of items that related to my duties as Circulation Chairman/Webmaster, in PDF format, is located here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file).

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2017 Fall Festival Restaurants


There are several restaurants in the Caddo Valley Area for your dining pleasure, including the following (all according to Google Earth -- website links are provided, where available. Note that cuisines/menus, and prices will vary:

Wendys, Taco Bell, Waffle House, Fat Boys BBQ, The Mirage Sports Bar And Grill, TaMolly's Mexican Restaurant, Cracker Barrel, McDonald's, Subway, and up Highway 7 toward Lake DeGray State Park, is The Fish Net. There will be lunch and dinner breaks during the day Friday and Saturday.

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2017 Fall Festival Lodging


Since the weekend of the Fall Festival is HOMECOMING WEEKEND for the nearby colleges of Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, you're STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to make room reservations AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Website links are noted for your convenience. Mention ''ASSDF FALL FESTIVAL'' or ''SQUARE DANCE'' when you make your reservations. I am not sure if discounted rates are available or not with the square dancers, but discounts may be available with AAA, AARP, etc.

Holiday Inn Caddo Valley (870) 403-0880

Comfort Inn (870) 246-3800

Quality Inn (501) 693-1378

America's Best Value Inn And Suites (870) 246-5855 (the number is INCORRECT on the flier).

Note that the Best Western hotel that is on the flier is apparently CLOSED.

For The RV Campers, here is the needed information:

Arkadelphia RV Park, 221 Frost Rd, Caddo Valley, AR 71923, (870) 246-4922

Degray Lake RV Park, 2027 State Park Entrance Rd, Bismarck, AR 71929, (501) 865-5810

As a side note, some points of interest, hotels, and other information are located here -- locations are relative to the Arkadelphia Amtrak Station. The station is located several miles south of Interstate 30.

Also nearby are the Caddo Valley Flea Market, and Caddo Valley River Canoeing...with the Crater Of Diamonds State Park 45 minutes away in Murfreesboro...where you can hunt for, and KEEP any diamonds that you find...it's the only place of its kind.

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2017 Fall Festival Directions And Weather


Betty's Big Country Dance Hall, which has a hardwood floor, is located just south of Interstate 30 at Exit 78, north of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. You can drive there, but be aware of road construction, etc. Details on this can be found at the IDriveArkansas.Com website.

There is a small airport southwest of the Arkadelphia Amtrak Station, but it's likely for private planes only. The closest airports are at Little Rock, and at Texarkana...airlines and flights may vary. Please allow extra time for checkin with your airline, and at the TSA Security Checkpoint.

Arkadelphia is served by Amtrak's Texas Eagle passenger train. However, as noted here, the station does NOT offer ticketing, or checked baggage. The closest Amtrak Stations with ticketing and checked baggage are at Little Rock, and at Texarkana.

Schedule wise, IF The Texas Eagle is ON TIME, the train arrives southbound daily at 4:20am, from Malvern, Little Rock, and Walnut Ridge, Arkansas... Poplar Bluff and Saint Louis, Missouri...plus Alton, Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Joliet, and Chicago, Illinois...along with other intermediate stops. The train arrives northbound at 10:02pm from Hope, and Texarkana, Arkansas...and from Marshall, Longview, Mineola, Dallas, Fort Worth, Cleburne, McGregor, Temple, Taylor, Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio, Texas, along with other intermediate stops. Full schedules, reservations (which are required for travel), and other information can be found on the Amtrak Website, or by calling 1-800-872-7245 -- (1-800-USA-RAIL). The lines are open 24 hours a day.

Weather wise, Caddo Valley is between Arkadelphia, and Lake DeGray State Park. Caddo Valley is in Clark County, while Lake DeGray State Park is in Hot Spring County (not to be confused with the city of Hot Springs, which is in Garland County).

For weather conditions for Caddo Valley, from the National Weather Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, click here.

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2017 Fall Festival Registration


Registration for the festival for both Friday and Saturday is $20 per person. There is a separate fee for the Trail-In Dance on Thursday night...which is payable at the door.

To register, send your check for $20, payable to ASSDF, along with your name, address, city, state, and zip code, and mail it to Jennifer Pogue, 3124 Timberlake Drive, Royal, AR 71968.

A flier for the festival, in PDF format (you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file), is now available with Caller/Cuer Info/Registration Form, and the Lodging and Restaurant Info. Note that the Best Western listed on the flier is apparently CLOSED...and the number for the America's Best Value Inns And Suites is INCORRECT on the flier.

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