About 300 people, coupled up in bright matching outfits, will be whirling and twirling this weekend at the Rim country's 25th annual Payson Square Dance Festival, hosted by the Zane Grey Twirlers.
"Because it's our 25th year, we will have some special events to celebrate the anniversary," said Ken Caldwell, president of the Zane Grey Twirlers.
The festival opens at the Tonto Apache gymnasium Friday, June 10 with a session from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. called "pre rounds" led by guest callers Mike and Linda Liberti. Then from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Dave Guille will lead dancers through square dance mainstream and plus patterns.
Dancing on Saturday, June 11 starts at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 10:30 p.m., with the grand march set for 7:45 p.m.
This year, in addition to callers and dancers, the festival will have a few vendors selling special square dance wares, such as fashions and badges.
Registration for the festival will be taken at the door for $25. Admission Friday evening and Saturday night, for dancers, is $9. Saturday morning's early program is free, while workshops on Saturday are $3.50 each.
For more information about the festival, call (928) 472-8115, (928) 474-5138, (928) 474-0737 or (928) 472-6360.