The Woodward News

November 13, 2013

Square Dance Festival set for Saturday

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward will host the Fall Northwest District Square Dance Festival this Saturday night at the Pioneer Room.

Jim Robertson is the publicity director for the Woodward Wranglers, which is a local square dancing club.

Robertson explained that there are 8 square dancing districts in the state of Oklahoma.  These districts are comprised of various square dancing groups within each geographic area.  And the northwest district includes the Woodward Wranglers as well as the Red Carpet Squares out of Shattuck and the Harper County Squares from Harper County, Kan.

"And twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, each district has a festival to allow anyone from throughout the state, who wants to come, to attend the festival," Robertson said.

While the semiannual festivals also allow for some district wide business to be conducted, Robertson said the real goal of the event is to bring square dancers from all over the state and even neighboring states together to enjoy an evening of dancing.

Because when it comes to square dancing, he said, "It's just fun and friendship set to music."

This Saturday all the fun will all begin around 7:45 p.m. with the opening ceremonies for the festival.  Robertson said this is when "we'll introduce the state officers who are there and maybe any of the other district presidents who attend."

"Then they'll all line up for the grand march to start off the dance with," he said, noting the grand march will begin around 8 p.m.

The caller for the festival will be Sonya Savell-Jones, who Roberston said is from the Tulsa area.

Robertson said for this year's fall festival there will be a Duck Dynasty theme and you may even see some dancers dressed up in some fancy camouflage  outfits just for the occasion.

The public is also invited to don their own camo gear and come watch and cheer on the square dancers.

"Anybody is welcome to attend," Robertson said.  "If they're not a dancer it doesn't cost them anything to come watch for a bit.  And we would love for somebody to get interested and maybe sign up to take lessons."

He said the Woodward Wranglers typically offer square dancing lessons each fall, but haven't had enough interest this year to start a class yet.

However, if some more people were to sign up on Saturday, he said the club could look into starting a new class around the first of the year.

Anyone interested in learning more can visit with Woodward Wrangler members at the Fall Northwest District Square Dance Festival on Saturday.