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ASSDF Fall Festival

2020 Fall Festival
2020 Fall Festival Fliers
Hotels, Location, And Weather
Future Fall Festivals
2020 Fall Festival Registration


To get to the previous page, press the BACK BUTTON on your web browser. To return to the original design ASSDF Homepage, click on the ASSDF logo at the top of the page. This page was last updated on March 25, 2020. For PDF fliers, for the Trail-End Dance, and the 2020 Fall Festival, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file(s).

The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city, usually the second weekend of October, which is on the Columbus Day Weekend. The main dancing is on Friday afternoon and evening, and Saturday dances. On Saturday morning, there is the ASSDF Delegates Meeting, plus the afternoon and evening dancing. There's also line dancing, Door Prizes, a Teacup Auction, and Split The Pot, among other items, at the weekend. There may also be a Fashion Show on Saturday afternoon. At times, there is a Trail-End Dance on Thursday evening, separate from the festival itself.

All clubs are requested to provide Gift Baskets for the dance, which will be auctioned off, with a minimum bid that they place on it. There may be used square dance items for sale at the festival...confirmation will be posted as soon as possible. If so, dancers receive 75% of the proceeds, with 25% going to the ASSDF.

NOTE THAT ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OF ANY KIND ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED AT THE DANCE the Gift Baskets or otherwise. This is because having alcoholic beverages at a square or round dance or festival, is in VIOLATION of the ASSDF By-Laws. Square and Round Dancing are designed as HOLSUM, FAMILY ACTIVITIES, and it is the DUTY of all dancers to see that it REMAINS THAT WAY. There was an apparent miscommunication with the clubs and the gift baskets at the 2019 Fall Festival (some had wine, etc.)...and steps will be taken to see that doesn't occur in future years.

Note that Proper Square Dance Attire is REQUIRED at the evening dances...although casual attire is OK for the Friday and Saturday daytime dances, and daytime dance level workshops. Depending on participation, there may or may not be vendors at the weekend. If there is a Fashion Show, it's usually on Saturday afternoon, prior to the dinner break, before the evening dancing.

It's also worth noting that ''While visitors can watch the dance at no charge, the moment they step on the dance floor to dance, they become dancers...and are expected to pay the at door registration fee (for Friday and Saturday), and, if there's a 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''...because of liability and insurance issues.

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2020 Fall Festival

The co-chairpersons are Rhonda Bailey (903) 276-3422, and Linda Carlile (903) 277-8681. Printable flyers, in PDF format, are located here.

The 2020 Fall Festival will be held at the Four State Fairgrounds, at 3700 East 50th Street in Texarkana, Arkansas. The Guys 'N Dolls Club will be sponsoring a Trail End Dance on Thursday night, with caller Nelda Eaton. The dance willl be held at the Texarkana RV Park 5000 US-59 (Lake Drive). Admission to this dance, $10 per person, is payable at the door, and is separate from the festival registration.

The actual festival will be Friday afternoon and evening, then Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening. Besides the dancing, there will also be workshops, as well as a Teacup Auction, Split The Pot, a Gift Basket Auction (NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN THEM), and a Horse Race...the latter was at the 2019 Fall Festival in Clinton. For those who weren't there, ''a good time was had by all at the track''. The Delegates Meeting will be on Saturday morning.

The deadline for Advance Registration, and requesting lodging is Sept. 30, 2020. After that date, the room rates will go back to the regular price, and be released to anyone who wants them. And, after that date, the registration fees also increase. So, please do NOT wait until the last minute to register.

At present, the schedule (subject to change, with things such as registration times, meal breaks, and workshops, to be added) is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020:

Trail-In Dance, sponsored by the Guys 'N Dolls, with caller Nelda Eaton. Texarkana RV Park, 5000 US-59 (Lake Drive), Texarkana, TX. It's a Separate Admission ($10 per person), payable at the door. It will also feature a Teacup Auction, Split The Pot, and a Surprise Walk. The timetable is as follows:

6:45pm to 7:00pm - Pledge Of Allegiance, Prayer, Welcome, and Announcements
7:00pm to 9:30pm - Square Dancing. Mainstream, with announced Plus, and Line Dancing between tips
9:45pm until ??? - Gather at Applebee's (location to be announced)

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020:

11:00am to 1:00pm - Registration
1:00pm to 4:30pm - Mainstream dancing

4:30pm to 6:15pm - Dinner Break

6:15pm to 6:50pm - Pre-Rounds With Phillip Moorehouse
6:50pm to 7:00pm - Grand March
Welcome by Ted Hofmeister
Welcome by Texas Mayor
Caller Introduction by Phillip Moorehouse
7:00pm to 10:00pm - Dance Tim Tyl on Squares; with Rounds and Lines in Between Tips
10:00pm to 10:30pm - After Party
NOTE: Tim Tyl, who will call the dancing Friday night dance, lives close by, and he has a large following of dancers.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020:

8:30am to 9:00am - Delegates Breakfast
9:00am to 10:00am - Delegates Meeting
10:00am to 12 Noon - Callers Workshop
10:00am to 11:00am - Line Dance Workshop
11:00am to 12 NOON - Country Couple Dancing Workshop

12 NOON to 1:30pm - Grillin' And Fixin's With Jethro (Hamburger, Chips, And Drink, $5 Per Person)

12:30pm to 1:00pm - Fashion Show Rehearsal
1:30pm to 2:30pm - Fashion Show
2:30pm to 4:30pm - Mainstream And Plus Dancing

4:30pm to 6:15pm - Dinner Break

6:15pm to 6:50pm - Pre-Rounds
7:00pm Parade Of Clubs
Color Guard/Prayer/Pledge -- Trail Life USA
Welcome By Ted Hofmeister
Introduction Of Officers -- Ted Hofmeister
Phil Moorehouse, MC
Dancing to Arkansas and Area Callers And Cuers

NOTE: Sometime around mid-evening, there'll be the introduction of the 2020 and 2021 ASSDF Officers. The exact times will be posted as soon as possible.

As a side note, as of now, I personally am NOT planning on dancing at all during the weekend...instead, preferring to WORK. I will have the laptop computer with me, to answer any questions about The Modern Square (including print subscriptions), the original website, and the new website. I will also be taking subscriptions to The Modern Square. Right now, we have a large number of print subscriptions expiring in both February and November. So, I will be sure to have plenty of Subscription Forms on hand.

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2020 Fall Festival Fliers

For a printable flier for the 2020 Trail-End Dance, in PDF format, click here. For a printable flier for the 2020 Fall Festival, in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file(s).

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2020 Hotels, Location, And Weather

For the hotels, you will need to GUARANTEE the room with a credit or debit card. Be sure to mention that you're with Arkansas State Square Dancers Fall Festival or ASSDF, when making your reservations. As noted above, the deadline for registration at the ASSDF Rate is Sept. 30, 2020...because after that date, the rates go back to their original cost, and will be released to anyone wanting them. Note that prices do not include tax.

Also, I understand that the hotels are NON-SMOKING...if you smoke in a non-smoking room, you will be subject to a substantial cleaning fee (some hotels charge as much as $500). Non-smokers like myself, can NOT deal with being in a ''smoking room''.

RV Camping:

There are two locations, as follows:

1) Four States Fairgrounds, 3700 East 50th Street, Texarkana, AR. They do NOT take for availability. They can be reached at (870) 773-2941 -- cost is $30 per night.

2) Texarkana RV Park, 5000 US-59 (Lake Drive), Texarkana, TX. They can be reached at (903) 306-1364. Cost is $25 per night. This will be the location of the Trail-End Dance on Thursday night, October 8, 2020.


There are two hotels, as follows...both within a short distance of each other, and both charging $62 a night (prices do NOT include tax). I have included direct links to their websites for your convenience, so you can see the available amenities.

1) Comfort Suites, 5420 Crossroads Parkway, Texarkana, AR. They can be reached at (870) 330-0189 or (870) 216-8084.

2) Best Western, 5219 Crossroads Parkway, Texarkana, AR. They can be reached at (870) 774-1534.

Texarkana, which notes itself as ''Twice As Nice'' is located along Interstate 30 in southwest Arkansas...and it actually has 2 locations... Texarkana, Arkansas...and Texarkana, Texas...with State Line Avenue dividing the two. At the Texarkana Amtrak Station, when The Texas Eagle is at the station, one end of the train is in Arkansas...the other end is in Texas. The name of the city combines 3 states...Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Speaking of Amtrak, The Texas Eagle, which serves Texarkana, runs daily between Chicago, St. Louis, Little Rock, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Antonio. At San Antonio, 3 days a week, the train connects with The Sunset Limited. On the days when these connections are made, the Sleeping Car Accommodations are usually SOLD OUT months in advance. The train uses the bi-level Superliner equipment. Further information on ticketing, identification, baggage, what to expect on board, etc., is located on the Amtrak website.

Schedule wise, if the train is ON TIME, the southbound train arrives at 5:58am...and the northbound train arrives at 8:43pm. Call Amtrak at (800) 872-7245, 24 hours a day, to check on the train status. The station itself is located on the east end of the original depot, with the west end having been repurposed as a correctional facility (jail). While checked baggage is available, it's handled at trainside, as there is no Amtrak agent at the station to sell tickets. The closest stations with an Amtrak Ticket Agent are either at Little Rock, Arkansas, or at Longview, Texas.

The nearby Texarkana Regional Airport has limited flight service, mostly from the Dallas area.

Unless you're driving, you'll need to take taxi service from the airports or the train station, to get to the hotels and fairgrounds. For this festival, driving is the best option. For information on traffic conditions, construction zones, etc., click here. There are logos of adjacent states on the map, so you can click on those for road conditions from those states.

Weatherwise, the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Louisiana provides forecasts, watches, and warnings, for the can get a detailed forecast here.

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Future Fall Festivals

As noted, it was voted on that the 2020 Fall Festival would be in Texarkana...and that the 2021 Fall Festival would return to Clinton. Further details on both of these will be posted as soon as possible. If there is a Trail-In Dance, it will be on Thursday evening...but that is separate from the actual festival...and admission for that is payable at the door.

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2020 Fall Festival Registration

Admission to the Trail-End Dance on Oct. 8, 2020, is $10 per person, and is payable at the door. For a printable flier for the 2020 Trail-End Dance, in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

For the Fall Festival, the costs of registration are as follows:

1) Registration for all dancing, Friday through Saturday, on or before Sept. 30, 2020: $20 per person.

2) Registration for all dancing, Friday through Saturday, on or after Oct. 1, 2020, and at the door: $25 per person.

3) Registration for EITHER Friday OR Saturday, no matter when purchased: $15 per person per day. If you originally purchase the Friday registration only...then discover you can attend the Saturday activities as well, that will cost you an additional $15 fee.

For a flier and registration form for the Friday and Saturday dancing, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

If you can't print the main registration flier, write your name(s) (his, hers, or both)...your mailing address (with apartment number if applicable), as well as city, state, and zip code, along with a contact phone number, and email if you have one...on a piece of paper, and mail it with a check, payable to ASSDF for the proper amount, and mail it to Sheila Gesing, 9760 Grant 7, Sheridan, AR 72150.

While this should be common sense, please be sure that the check is signed. Otherwise, the bank will NOT take it. As a result, it'll be returned to you, and your registration will NOT be processed.

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