Clothes­line Fair 2018 Square Dance Win­ners

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

PRAIRIE GROVE — The fin­ish for the 2018 Peggy Parks Me­mo­rial Square Dance Com­pe­ti­tion had a fa­mil­iar ring to it.

For the sec­ond year in a row, Git-R-Done Gang won the com­pe­ti­tion and “brag­ging rights” for the next year. The dance group scored 575 points, the most scored since the com­pe­ti­tion changed from a one-day event to a two-day event. The Gang earned 288 points on Satur­day and 287 points on Mon­day.

Hoot ‘N Holler came in sec­ond place with 564 points. It also was the sec­ond-place win­ner in 2017.

Dixie Dy­na­mite and Grin & Square It tied for third place with 556 point a piece in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Last year, Dixie Dy­na­mite fin­ished in third place and Grin & Square It re­ceived hon­or­able men­tion.

The first-place team won $400, a bag of lol­lipops from Ozark De­light Candy Co., and a free pizza from Jim’s Ra­zor­back Pizza. The other teams also won lol­lipops, pizza and cash prizes.

Both Git-R-Done Gang and Hoot ‘N Holler are made up of se­niors and they all were per­form­ing for the last time at the Clothes­line Fair.

Tay­lor Hawkins with Git-R-Done said the group prac­ticed twice a week for one to two hours to pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion. The team has been to­gether since most of them were 4 years old.

Hawkins said he’s stayed with it all the years be­cause square danc­ing in Prairie Grove is the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether and be­cause of the chance to dance with his friends.

Mem­bers of the Spec­tac­u­lars Square Dance Group from North­east Ok­la­homa Square Dance As­so­ci­a­tion judged the com­pe­ti­tion.

Sue McCoy, who has square danced for 39 nine years, said the com­pe­ti­tion was close, a lot closer than last year’s dance off.

She was im­pressed with all the groups. She said the Git-R-Done Gang was her top pick be­cause of their “very high en­ergy and their en­thu­si­asm.”

For 2018, al­most 600 kids par­tic­i­pated in square danc­ing. Dur­ing the af­ter­noon ses­sions, 56 groups gave ex­hi­bi­tion square dances. Dur­ing the evening, 16 groups com­peted for the cov­eted first place award. On La­bor Day, the square dance group, Sooie Swingers, had to pull out be­cause one of the mem­bers was hurt and could not dance.

Dixie Dy­na­mite tied for third place in the square dance com­pe­ti­tion. Mem­bers are Gra­cie Foster, Knox Laird, Maci Ed­wards, Marco Martinez, Alyssa Le­Duc, Ken­nan Davis, Ad­die Nall, Nick Shrum. Caller: Beau Foster.

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