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Cloggers Planning Reunion

June 17, 2013

The Snake River Cloggers were a common sight throughout Bingham County at parades, fairs and other venues from 1984 to 1994. Now, over 30 years later, a reunion is being planned on July 13 for the cloggers and their spouses. For more information go to www. facebook.com/SRCAlumni

BLACKFOOT—In 1984 Shirley Bush of Riverside, with the help of Dewayne
Young (a BYU instructor),started teaching a handful of kids clogging on a
piece of plywood in her backyard. With each passing year, more and more
children joined the fun - creating what became a 10-year phenomenon in the area. The were known as “The Snake River Cloggers.” Now over, 30 years later, a reunion is being planned in Riverside for the former cloggers, director member and their spouses. Bush, who was a country music singer back in the 80s, said she started the clogging group after seeing some cloggers dance while she was performing in Utah for Pioneer Day festivities. She thought that clogging would be a good activity for her own daughter whowas looking for something to do after the family moved into the area from Salmon. “I talked to the instructor in Utah who got me in touch with Dewayne. We soon discovered that the kids in this area really wanted to learn to clog dance.” Bush said. “The Snake River Cloggers went strong for 10 years with over 100 dancers some years. We performed all over the place...for parades, festivals, fairs,symphonies, competitions... in places as far as away as Disneyland, Sea World and Knotts Berry Farm.” Bush, who has a large scrapbook dedicated to the group’s travels, said, “to this day I run into former cloggers throughout
the community who remember me and want to reminisce about the good times they had as a Snake River Clogger.” “These kids are all grown up now with
children of their own. It’s time for a reunion. I hope people will start making plans to attend,” she added. The Snake River Cloggers Reunion will be held July 13 from 1-3 p.m. at the Pine Grove (12 South 615 West) in Riverside. For more information or to confirm attendance contact Scott Baker at S.R.Cloggers30@gmail.com. A Facebook page has also been
created for the group. Go to www.facebook.com/SRCAlumni

 

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