Coun­try dance de­liv­ers crowd

Pop­u­lar event cel­e­brates its fifth year

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Nathan Greaves

ON SATUR­DAY night, men and women of all ages braved the cold to fill the Mul­go­wie Town Hall to at­tend the Mul­go­wie Bush Dance.

Some stayed for din­ner, some camped on the hall grounds, and they all had a won­der­ful time tap­ping their feet and danc­ing the evening away to the sound of clas­sic, old-fash­ioned coun­try mu­sic.

The story all started with three friends vis­it­ing a bush dance to­gether, which they en­joyed so much that they were in­spired to bring the same kind of ex­pe­ri­ence to their own com­mu­nity.

And so, the Mul­go­wie Bush Dance was born.

Fea­tur­ing live mu­sic from the Band-o-coots Bush Band, the an­nual event is now in its fifth year.

The hall where it is hosted is just 10km from Lai­d­ley, a short drive through pic­turesque farm­land, with food served and the mu­sic start­ing at 6.30pm. Peo­ple of all ages and walks of life at­tended the event, and all had a fan­tas­tic time.

“Young and old, every­one got up and joined in,” said Wendy Slade, one of the founders and or­gan­is­ers of the event. “I love the com­mu­nity spirit it brings.”

She said she and the other or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mated more than 130 peo­ple at­tended Satur­day night’s dance, and they were al­ways look­ing to en­cour­age more peo­ple to join in.

For those in­ter­ested in a fun night out with fam­ily and friends, keep an eye out for next year’s Mul­go­wie Bush Dance.

PHO­TOS: KAREN WILKINSON

FAM­ILY TIME: Jess Lyons, Emily Sur­man and Brendan Law­son at the Mul­go­wie Bush Dance.

Robyn and Linda Reck, from Mul­go­wie, en­joy a night out at the fifth an­nual bush dance.

Janella, Amelia and Si­mon Matthews.

There was plenty of fun at the dance, in­clud­ing the coin toss won by Dr Ger­ard Con­nors, with Ian Rickuss.

Lai­d­ley Dis­trict State School deputy prin­ci­pal Erika Has­sett and daugh­ter Syd­ney Jones.

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