Texas Bob Travels

"The Dance"

Garner State Park - Concan, Texas



Ever since the depression era Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) competed the construction of Garner State Park in 1941 there has been "The Dance". The large dance floor is located in front of the Concessions Building on the banks of the Frio River. The building and the short wall around the dance floor is all made if hand shaped native Texas Hill Country stone gathered in the immediate area of the park. The music id provided by a Wurlitzer Jukebox.

Currently dances are held nightly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from about 8:00 or so until 11:00 PM. On this mid-August summer night the crowds were waning as the beginning of school was close at hand, Texas was in the middle of a major drought and daytime temperatures reached triple digits. Subsequently most dancers arrive well after dark at a time where photography of any kind is difficult. The peak crowd on this night was about 300 on or around the dance floor.

If you have never been to "The Dance" you need to put it on your to do list. If you have been, but not in a long time, plan on going again.

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