Sundog's Randy Kelley performs during a 2012 community barn dance at the Hayden Granary. This season's barn dance series kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m.

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Sundog's Randy Kelley performs during a 2012 community barn dance at the Hayden Granary. This season's barn dance series kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m.

Barn dances return to Hayden on Saturday

If you go

Community barn dances

8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 15, July 20, Aug. 10 and Sept. 28. Basic dance instruction at 7:30 p.m. $5

High school barn dances

8 p.m. to midnight May 24, June 21, July 26 and Aug. 23. $2.

— Saturday night marks the beginning of the fourth season of barn dances at the Hayden Granary.

“We started it as really getting friends and neighbors together in a fun place, and it’s really been fun,” said Tammie Delaney, who owns the historic grain elevator with her husband, Patrick.

The first of five barn dances this summer kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday and will go until 11 p.m. Future community dances are June 15, July 20, Aug. 10 and Sept. 28.

Those who want some basic dance instruction can attend at 7:30 p.m.

Rodney McGowen, who is nicknamed the “voice of Hayden” because he announces events including high school football games, will be the DJ.

There is a suggested donation of $5, which helps cover the cost of the DJ. Delaney said they also are trying to raise money to install heaters in the warehouse so they can hold dances in the winter.

Delaney said the dances are family friendly and attract people of all ages. Locals and visitors attend the dances, which have ranged in size from about 30 to 130 people. A large crowd is anticipated Saturday because Hayden High School's graduation is Sunday, and guests are expected to be in town.

Regardless of the size of the crowd, Delaney said it is always a good time, and serious dancers appreciate the venue. Musicians also have commented that the rustic wood structure in the warehouse makes for great acoustics.

Any volunteers interested in helping get the venue ready are encouraged to come at 3 p.m.

New this summer, the Hayden Granary is hosting a series of four dances just for high school students. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is helping sponsor the dances. The first one will be May 24.

The cost for the high school dances is $2 and a high school ID must be presented. Music starts at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight.

The high school dances are on May 24, June 21, July 26 and Aug. 23.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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