On April 12th, 2014, over 300 people attend the 36th annual 4-H square dance competition hosted by the Ormstown 4-H Club at the Rec Centre. The competition was one of the largest editions ever held, with 7 junior teams and 6 senior teams participating from across Quebec and Eastern Ontario. Including mascots there were about 110 dancers present. Despite the conflict with Talentfest there was a good crowd to cheer on the dancers, and the canteen had to be restocked before the winners were announced!
Between dances junior members from Ormstown 4-H sold half and half tickets. The club's half, $365 of the approximately $730 pot, will be a donation for research into Multiple Sclerosis.
While the judges deliberated, parents and members cleared the stage and some of the chairs for dancing. The Neil Mackay Band played the Virginia Reel, square dancing tunes, and waltzes while the judges decided the winners, a task that took longer than usual. A lunch of sandwiches, cheese, and vegetables was laid out by parent volunteers as well.
The winning junior team was from Lachute, and the winning team in the senior category was the Richmond pink team. The Best Junior Couple was Alicia Turgeon and William Orr from Howick; Best Up-and-Coming Couple was Naomi Hebert and Katie Brock from Richmond Purple; and the trophy for Best Senior Couple was Chelsea Morin and Emma Redburn from Richmond Pink.
This year was also the 35th anniversary of the competition, which was originally started by members of the Howick 4-H club. In a special presentation, Carolyn Cameron, retired 4-H leader and dancing coach, recognized Neil Mackay for his participation as fiddler for all 36 editions with a custom-made wooden lamp, similar to the senior team trophy.
Ormstown 4-H looks forward to many more editions of this classic competition!