The Country Dancing Hall

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The Country Dancing Hall "Get down, turn around, go to town, Boot Scootin' Boogie!" This is a familiar piece of music sung by Brooks and Dunn that is regularly heard at my favorite place, "Boot Scootin' Thursday" at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. Many people believe that country music is just singers whining about their divorce, the death of their dog, etc. In reality, however, it is much more than that. Country music is all about life experiences. This place allows people of all ages to be free, spend time with those they care about, and just have fun. This is because they can dance the night away, either with the standard style or with their own style, talk to their friends, relieve stress by not thinking about what is on their mind, but by only thinking of having fun, and/or do whatever they would like to do!! This is the only place that I know of where people of all ages can go to do all of these things at once. "Boot Scootin' Thursday" is held on Thursday nights from seven o'clock to eleven o'clock in the ballroom of the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. It is a huge room that could probably hold (and has held) a couple thousand people. It is a dark room, with the exception of stringed lights that hang the ceiling of the building and the light that is on the stage where the music is played from. The dance floor is wooden and surrounded by carpet that has tables and chairs for the dancers to rest and people to talk. In the middle of the dance floor is a disco ball, that is usually lit during the slow songs. To the right of the stage is the bar, where one can buy pop, water, alcohol (if twenty-one), or juice. In the snack area, which is located to the far right corner of the ballroom, one can buy food ranging from candy bars to a piece of pizza or popcorn. Country line dancing has become one of the most popular forms of dancing in this country. Many people say that it is just a phase like disco was back in the seventies, but those of us who are regular country dancers, feel differently. For us, it is a way to free oneself from the struggles of life and get in shape; it is a physical thing.

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