Some call it the social event of the year, but for us it is a gift to our friends and neighbors. Getting ready for the barn dance takes a lot of time and planning. A week before the dance we had a huge mess of straw, hay, dust, dirt, farm equipment, cement mixers, generator, lumber, rafters, wool, coal and even a setting turkey hen to deal with. We started to clean last Sunday and pretty much worked on cleaning the quonset out all week in between regular farm and home work. We also had to move and wall paper the outhouse, hang the hand sanitizer, candles, mirror and toilet paper.
I never did get a before photo of all the hay bales that had to be moved out first, but the entire front end was full. After the building was empty, Fred came through and swept the cement floor with a large square bale of alfalfa. It worked pretty slick. The strong South winds helped to blow out some of the dust as well.
After the first sweeping we started building up the straw and hay bale bleachers. This also created plenty of dust.
Next we set up the stage, swept and started vacuuming which was done three times because the dust kept settling. We also had to rewire a new light on the roof, which is a job none of us wanted to do. Gravel was hauled in front of the barn so that there would not be any mud tracked in. Then the tables were set up and the lights and decorations hung. We also scatter pine shavings all over the floor just before the dance to make it smell good and help make the dancing easier on the cement.
Friday night came and went by very quickly. Chores were done a bit early. The following are some photos of the fun had by all. One unique thing about this event is that there is such a wide range of ages all having a good time together. Fathers are seen dancing with daughters, brothers with sisters, and mothers with their sons.
God held back the rain and severe weather that was all around us. I think there was a tornado warning in our county as well. Thanks to all the folks who came and made the dance so much fun. To those of you who could not make it, we missed you and hope to see you next year.