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ASSDF Fall Festival

2019 Festival Overview
2019 Festival Fliers
2019 Festival Promotion
2019 Festival Trail-In Dance
2019 Festival Lodging
2019 Festival Restaurants
2019 Festival Local Weather
2019 Festival Program Book
2019 Festival Program Registration


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The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city, usually around the second weekend of October, which is usually on Columbus Day Weekend. There is a Trail-In Dance on Thursday night (separate admission, details below)...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 at 9am Saturday morning, plus the afternoon and evening dancing to Arkansas' Callers And Cuers. There will also be door prizes, plus a Teacup Auction, and a Silent possibly Split The Pot, at the weekend. 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.

As a side note, it's possible that the 2019 Fall Festival may be the last one with a National Caller doing every tip on Friday night. A different format may be in the works for the 2020 Fall Festival...details on this will be posted as soon as possible.

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.

Note that Proper Square Dance Attire is REQUIRED at the evening dances (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings)...although casual attire is OK for the Friday and Saturday daytime dances, and daytime dance level workshops. Note that depending on participation, there may or may not be vendors at the weekend...and there may or may not be a Fashion Show.

It's 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 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''...because of liability and insurance issues. Lastly, there is a CHANGE in the fee structure for the 2019 Festival, and that is noted here.

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2019 Fall Festival Overview

At the Delegates Meeting on Oct. 13, 2018...there was only one bid for the 2019 Fall Festival. The Heber Springers and the Blue Belles And Beaus will co-host the 70th ASSDF Fall Festival in Clinton, Arkansas, Oct. 10-12, 2019...and it will be at the Fairgrounds. National Caller Hunter Keller will call the Friday night dance, with Arkansas' Callers And Cuers doing the rest of the square and round dancing. There will be a Trail-In Dance on Thursday evening, which is a separate admission. It includes dinner and the dance, payable at the door. Since the food will still be available for those arriving late, they still have to pay the $15 fee, per person.

There is a Wal-Mart, across from the Super 8 By Wyndham Motel (noted here), one can take care of their shopping needs as required.

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2019 Fall Festival Fliers

A printable flier/registration form is located here. A flier for the Trail-In Dance is located here. Basic hotel/lodging information can be found here...with basic restaurant information found here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the flier(s).

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2019 Fall Festival Promotion

To promote the 2019 Fall Festival, Ted and Tonia Hofmeister, 2019 ASSDF Publicity Chairman, will be attending these; if anyone wants to join them, please let them know. Please contact them at 1126 Lawrence Lane, Benton, AR or call (501) 912-3015. They are scheduled to visit each club in the state to promote the Fall Festival.


Thursday, August 22 - Pistols And Petticoats, Jonesboro, AR

Saturday, August 24 - Pioneers, Mountain Home, AR

Monday, August 26 - Kingsdale Squares, Bella Vista, AR

Tuesday, Sept. 10 - Jubilee Squares, Batesville, AR

Friday, Sept. 13 - Levis And Lace, Hot Springs, AR

Saturday, Sept. 21 - Guys N Dolls, New Boston, TX

Friday, Sept. 27 - Heber Springers, Rosebud, AR

NOTE: Travel to the club dances of the Blue Belles And Beaus in Judsonia, and to the Swingin' Cavaliers in Charleston, are being RESCHEDULED to dates to be announced.

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2019 Fall Festival Trail-In Dance

The Trail In Dance on Thursday evening, will be at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 East. It will start with a dinner at 5pm, followed by the dance at 7pm. Chuck Hastings and Phil Moorehouse will be the callers. If, for whatever reason, Chuck Hastings is unable to attend, Joey Duhamel will join Phil Moorehouse to call the dance.

Tickets are $15 per person...and the cost is whether you come for the dinner and dance, or just the dance the food will still be available for the latecomers. You will pay at the door.

The menu will include brisket, barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, and pulled pork...more selections may be added later. As a side note, I'm not much for potato salad, but the rest of it sounds scrumptious!! So, one will need to dance all that good food off!!

There will be Split The Pot, a Teacup Auction, Square Dance Clothes For Sale, and a ''horse race''. For an information flier on the Trail In Dance, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the flier(s). Contact information if you have questions is on the flier.

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2019 Fall Festival Lodging

Since Clinton is a smaller city than Caddo Valley (north of Arkadelphia) that hosted the dance the last 2 years, there aren't as many hotels. There are only 2 hotels blocked for the festival at this time...the Super 8 By Wyndham, and the Best Western. Be sure to mention Arkansas State Square Dance Federation to get the room rate of $65 for the Super 8, or $70 for the Best Western. Note that prices do not include tax. According to Google Earth, the Best Western is further north on Highway 65...but according to Google Earth, there is a Baskin Robbins at the base of the hill.

According to their websites (via the Google Search Engine), the Super 8 By Wyndham offers functional rooms, some with sitting areas, in a casual budget hotel with an outdoor pool. It is located at 2008 Highway 65 South, in Clinton, and they can be reached at (501) 209-4358.

The Best Western, is located at 1025 US-65B in Clinton, and can be reached at (501) 745-4700. It is on a hill off US-65. This modest hotel is less than a mile from the Van Buren County Historical Society, and 1.2 miles from Clinton Municipal Airport. Straightforward rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, and tea and coffeemakers. Some have microwaves, minifridges and/or mountain views. Kids 12 and under stay free with a parent. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool and a business center.

Both hotels offer a complimentary breakfast and parking. You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to make your reservations as soon as possible, and will need to GUARANTEE the room with a credit or debit card.

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2019 Fall Festival Restaurants

Restaurants in the area (according to Google Earth) include Taco Bell, McDonald's, Subway, La Rosita Mexican Restaurant, and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream.

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2019 Fall Festival Directions And Weather

Clinton, Arkansas is in Van Buren, County...along US Highway 65, between Conway, and Harrison, Arkansas. Conway, Arkansas is about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock on Interstate 40. According to MapQuest.Com, driving from southwest Little Rock, it's about a 90 minute drive, if traffic is light. You can continue north on Highway 65 past Harrison to get to Branson, Missouri, where there is a large amount of entertainment to be had. Be sure to check the I Drive Arkansas website for last minute updates on traffic patterns, construction zones, road closures, etc.

For weather conditions for Clinton, Arkansas...from the National Weather Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, click here. The link provides a 7 day forecast for the area, along with links to any current watches, warnings, and advisories, that are in effect.

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2019 Fall Festival Program Book

Those who purchase an ad in the Fall Festival Program Book will receive FREE ADVERTISING on the ASSDF Website, detailing their information for their business, ad, etc. from just after the Fall Festival (posted on the website in mid-October), through September of the following year. A list of those who supported the 2018 Fall Festival are located here.

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2019 Fall Festival Registration

There is a change in the registration cost structure for the 2019 Fall Festival, as follows:

1) The Trail-In Dance, on Thursday night, is a separate fee, payable at the door. It is $15 per person, which includes a dinner, starting at 5pm, and a dance, starting at 7pm. Since the food will still be available for latecomers, the fee is $15 per person, whether you arrive in time for the dinner, or just for the dance.

2) For dancers who pre-register in advance for all dancing on Friday afternoon, Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night, the fee is $20 per person.

3) For dancers who register at the door for all dancing on Friday afternoon, Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night, the fee is $25 per person.

4) For dancers who attend either the Friday, OR the Saturday dancing, it is $15 per person, at the door, per day. If you attend Friday night, and pay the $15... then discover on Saturday that you'll be able to attend the Saturday dances after all, you'll have to pay another $15 fee...meaning $30 total. So, it'd be better if you think you are going to attend Friday and Saturday activities, to pay that fee together, and save a little money. A printable flier is located here.

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