Did you know that square dances were first documented in 17th-century England and were also quite common throughout Europe? In the United States, square dancing has been an “official national folk dance” since President Reagan signed an act of Congress in 1982. Nineteen US states have designated it as their official state dance.

Most Americans, however would likely never be caught dead square dancing. “Too embarrassing,” they might say. Folk customs are not popular. But dedicated square dancers just ignore the negative quips and enthusiastically continue with their Do-si-doe’s.

Through the years, square dancing has been a visible part of Fair Oaks. On November 20, 2015 Fair Oaks hosted 2015 Annual Gator Wesley Fall Festival. Yet again, Tom Staley’s band was welcomed with handshakes and lots of good cheer. Hill’s BBQ from Gainesville, FL provided the best barbeque and catering. We were again extremely impressed with the magnitude of the event, from all the colorful booths to the excitement generated by almost a couple of hundreds of square dancers.