Annual dance festival decides to cancel for a second year

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The 2021 Dundalk Square-Dancing, Step-Dancing and Clogging competition has been cancelled, organizers announced this week.

The dance festival aims to showcase, preserve and maintain interest in the traditional dances. In recent years, a fiddle competition has been added.

The scheduled date wasn’t until Saturday, Sept. 11, in conjunction with the local fall fair, but organizers said that conditions due to COVID-19 meant the “difficult decision was the right one in order to keep all participants, judges, attendees, volunteers and sponsors, safe.”

The competition has a history of more than 60 years, and it’s planned to bring the event back on Sept. 10, 2022.

There will be fundraising events throughout the year, the Dundalk Dance Association stated. It's not known yet when the much-enjoyed year-round old-tyme music jamborees will be able to come back. They've been cancelled for more than year, and are still on hold, obviously.

There’s a circuit of these in small southern Ontario towns, where musicians gather to play and others gather to enjoy the music and dance.

Volunteers put on a hot meal afterwards to raise money for local causes (musicians eat free). In Dundalk, that money goes to support the annual Dance Festival.

The first festival was held in 1958, and the event has undergone many changes over the years. The founding Dundalk Service Club is no more, and a volunteer association was organized to carry on the tradition.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald