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Bank Display, Barn Dance and Oregon State Fair Demo Advertise Square Dancing

Willamette Valley clubs dance on Center Stage at the 2011 Oregon State Fair.

A square dance display, complete with a mannequin wearing a petticoat, goes up at U.S. Bank in Gresham each August.

The Checkerboard Squares partner with Carrie B’s dance shop to introduce square dancing to bank customers.

Other clubs have found creative ways to advertise, too. The Country Cutups did a square dance demonstration at the Philip Foster Farm’s Barn Dance and Pioneer Dinner this summer.

Clubs from across the Willamette Valley danced on Center Stage two weekends during the 2011 Oregon State Fair. On Labor Day, dancers dressed in patriotic colors: red, white and blue. The Wild Cards called. 

Red, white and blue are the colors of choice at the Labor Day fair demo.

This annual square dancing demo probably exposes more people to square dancing than anything else clubs do, with the exception of the Starlight Parade. 

This introduction to square dancing–complete with volunteers distributing brochures and lesson schedules–is a real boon to square dancing. But just as heartening is the fact that the demo is growing in popularity among square dancers. Three or more squares were dancing on Labor Day, with plenty of dancers sitting out, waiting their turn. The square dance community deserves praise for coming together and promoting its sport. 

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