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Floyd County

June 18, 2009

Dance the night away in New Albany

St. Mary’s tradition now 25 years old

It began as a church picnic. It’s turned out to be a Father’s Day weekend tradition.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Street Dance Weekend begins at 5 p.m. Friday. The two-day event will conclude Saturday with a street dance from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. that organizers hope will draw around 2,000 people. That is if Mother Nature cooperates.

“People do look forward to it,” said Ken Nicolas, a church member who has been part of the festival committee from day one. “You see a lot of friends there; it draws a lot of people. The key is we have a lot of good people working on it. They all get excited about the weekend and know their jobs.”

The event will take place on the church grounds, at the corner of Eighth and Spring streets.

This year the committee has added a few new twists, too.

On Friday, there will be cornhole and Texas hold’em tournaments and an indoor casino area. Traditional German and Irish music will be played, and there will be a beer-tasting booth featuring local brews from the New Albanian, Blue Grass, Cumberland and Browning breweries. There will be food, a cake wheel and other games. All ages are welcome Friday and there is no cover charge.

“Saturday is our biggest draw, but we are really trying to build up Friday night,” said Michelle Braden, who is in charge of the festival committee. “We’re excited about the beer tasting; it seems to really be in vogue these days. It’s good for the local breweries.”

The annual street dance features six hours of continuous music from local bands 100% Poly and The Rumors and will be Saturday’s highlight. You must be 21 to attend Saturday’s festivities and there is a $10 cover charge.

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