Celebrate BF anniversaries at shindig

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Get out your poodle skirts and slick back your pompadours. There’s gonna’ be a dance party.

This year is the convergence of three huge anniversaries — the 75th, 50th and 40th years of the Bosque Farms Fair, the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association and the village of Bosque Farms, respectively.

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: Ready to cut a rug, Melanie Bennette, left, and Mary Ann Keller, right, are two of the organizers of this weekend’s dance celebration for the 75th, 50th and 40th anniversaries of the Bosque Farms Fair, the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association and the village of Bosque Farms.

To celebrate those milestones, several village residents are putting together an event that will feature great music, dancing, refreshments, food, wine and beer.

“It’s going to be one big dance celebration where we play good music and hang out with good people,” said Mary Ann Keller, one of the organizers.

To make the celebration even more fun, Keller said they are encouraging people to turn out in their best 1930s, ’40s and ’50s vintage garb.

“That was kind of the era when a lot of these things got started,” she said.

The sounds of rock-a-billy and swing will fill the Bosque Farms Fair building from 7 p.m. to midnight, on Saturday, July 19, Keller said.

There will be a costume contest and possibly a dance and pin up competition, as well as other surprises, she said.

To keep with the vintage theme, classic car owners are welcome to cruise and park their cars at the dance.

“It will kind of be a mini car show,” Keller said.

The 21-and-older event is a $5 donation at the door, and food and beverages — both alcoholic and soft — will be extra. Keller said Bosque House of Brews would be providing the food for the shindig.

A lot of familiar names and faces went into organizing the dance, so Bosque Farms Fair Association board member Cathy Sifford wanted to be sure people knew the celebration on Saturday does not take the place of the much-loved family dance during the community fair.

“The family dance for all ages will be during the fair like always,” Sifford said.

In addition to the vintage cars on hand, there will be a vintage two-horse trailer on display that will be raffled off at next month’s fair. The trailer has been fully restored and upgraded and is being donated by Keller Enterprises LLC. All of the proceeds go to support the fair, Keller said. Tickets for the trailer are $25 per ticket or $100 for five.

“This is a community celebration; how the community gathered and celebrated 75 years ago,” she said. “It’s a way of celebrating life, community and friendship. These are our roots.”

Fellow event planner Melanie Bennett said the goal was to simply throw the best party ever. And with three anniversaries to celebrate, she said there will be lots of free cake.

“Everybody is welcome, whether they live here or not,” Bennett said. “We want them to come and party Bosque Farms style.”


-- Email the author at jdendinger@news-bulletin.com.