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January 4, 2013

Local square dancers look for Farm Show three-peat


SAEGERTOWN — Team members and competition

The Pennsylvania Farm Show square dance competition is Monday in Harrisburg. The square dance parade begins at 6:30 p.m. with competition at 7 p.m. with approximately 60 sets of dancers competing. It will be broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network — Channel 31 on the Armstrong cable system and Channel 22 on the Coaxial cable system.

The Wild Country Dancers square dance team has two sets of dancers in competition.

Set 51: Dalton Marsteller, Becca Rendulic, Kenny Shugerts, Emily Merritt, Josh Schmidt, Sarah Caldwell, Justin Schmidt, Alexandra Merritt, Nolan Schmidt and Brooke Caldwell. The ladies of Set 51 will continue to wear the Western-themed skirts made of red flannel atop crinolines and the gents will wear T-shirts emblazoned with the International Harvester logo.

Set 52: Gary Lee Shidemantle, Alysia Walczak, Kameron Willis, Courtney Hess, Nathan Walczak, Aubrey Spellman, Haley Jo Hess, Elizabeth Foust, Kaitlyn Wills and Kierstin Kiel. Set 52 will be outfitted in John Deere themed skirts and shirts.

Members who have been on the team since 2010: Marsteller, Emily Merritt, Josh Schmidt, Justin Schmidt, Alexandra Merritt, Shidemantle, Kameron Willis, Courtney Hess, Haley Jo Hess and Katilyn Willis.

There are five couples in each of the sets with only four couples competing at a time for each of the five songs. As such, each couple sits out for one song.

The songs “634-5789” and “The Square Dance Is On” will be the warm-up dances for the evening. The first two competition dances are “Live and Love Always” and “Fisherman’s Luck.” All of the dance teams will perform the first four songs. Division C’s final judged song will be “If You Wanna Find Love.”

Overview of the evening

The square dance parade begins Monday at 6:30 p.m. During this time, dancers will line up according to their sets and will walk around the outside of the entire arena. Once they have completed one lap, they will then enter their assigned square.

Once everyone is in position, the caller will take the microphone and perform the first of the warm-up songs. All dancers will be on the floor for the first four songs. After the fourth song, the dancers will retire to the side of the arena while the judges compile their scores. During this intermission, several square dance clubs will provide entertainment by performing a few square dances and round dances, as well.

Those teams in Division A that have earned at least a red ribbon will be called to the floor to perform their final song. Once they have completed their dance, they will leave the floor and another exhibition dance (either square or round) will be performed. The same scenario will occur for both Division B and Division C.

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