Rushville Republican

March 16, 2013

Raleigh still dancin’ after 65 years


Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Every Saturday night there’s a dance in the northeastern Rush County community of Raleigh.

It’s been that way for 65 years.

Legend has it, shortly after World War II some area residents had an interest in dancing, but there was nowhere close to do so. Back then, there was a small gas station in town and people were dancing around the fuel pumps until area residents decided to do something about it.

An effort was made to raise the funds necessary to construct a dance hall. That effort was successful and people are still dancing in the Raleigh Community Building to this day.

“We have many dancers come from all around and say this is the best hardwood floor around,” said Ryan Gardner, a club officer and regular dance attendee. “There are dances every Saturday night. We have a live band and great music!”

Gardner said he wants to make it clear to everyone that the Raleigh dances will continue for a long time.

“It is my hope the dances will continue for another 65 years,” he said.

The dance hall is smoke-free and alcohol-free.

The weekly Saturday night dances run from 7:30 to 10:30 and are open to all ages.

Raleigh is located on CR 900 North, approximately 5 miles east of State Road 3.



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