More than 140 square dancers from three states converged on Naracoorte on August 22-25 to celebrate local club Acey Squares' 13th birthday and the 44th SA State Square Dance Society's Convention.
The theme for the weekend was "Click Go The Shears" which saw the Naracoorte Town Hall decorated in the theme and turned into an impromptu shearing shed. In support of the theme, local shearer Ken Scott along with his able-bodied group of assistants put on a marvellous shearing display for their city cousins who had never seen a sheep shorn live.
Guests were also treated to a behind the scenes tour of the MiniJumbuk factory rounding out their experience of the wool industry from paddock to completed woollen items.
Then in the hall the local spinners and weavers' ladies demonstrated their handiwork of converting fleece into yarn. The support from sponsors and local businesses was outstanding with many visitors commenting on the friendly welcome they received across the town.
The organisers were very happy to see the great number of locals come through the door for a look at what square dancing is, and hope they enjoyed the experience.
Local club Acey Squares is a small but vibrant group of dancers who come together weekly on Friday nights at the Lutheran Church hall to enjoy dancing and socialising.
The club would welcome anyone who has been inspired by what they have seen at the convention, along with anyone else interested to come along and learn this amazing form of dance.
Over the next few weeks Acey Squares will be running a series of come and try nights for anyone interested. Contact: Chris and Alan Hall 0410 057 955 or 0417 820 134.
During the event dancers were privileged to dance to not only feature caller Howard Cockburn from Melbourne but also some of the best callers from South Australia and Victoria. All of the dancers attending had a fabulous weekend of dancing and socialising with the atmosphere in the hall being quite electric.
The state convention is an annual event and Naracoorte was lucky enough to have been granted the right to host this year's gathering. Traditionally these events have been hosted in the city but over the last few years there has been a gradual push out into the regional areas.
A big percentage of the visiting dancers have taken the opportunity to make the trip to Naracoorte as a mini holiday, with many arriving early or leaving late and taking in the local tourist attractions while in the area.
"Wow, what a fabulous weekend" was a catchcry heard many times across the whole event and the organisers would like to thank everyone who played a part in making this event the huge success that it was.