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Date(s) - 07/24/2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Columbia State Historic Park

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Friends of Columbia State Historic Park are hosting the 25th Annual Big Band Street Dance on Saturday evening, July 24 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Rod Harris & The Kicks, along with the Columbia College Big Band will perform with live music from the 1940s (plus embellishments from the ‘50s and ‘60s). The band stage will be located on the corner of Main and State Streets, next to the park museum.
There is no admission charge for this popular fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the park’s educational and historic programs. Popcorn, lemonade and water will be available for voluntary donations. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs for seating.
Pre-show festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with host Retired Brigadier General Thaddeus Knight (a.k.a. Douglas Fraser) greeting the crowd with announcements, introductions, comic tales, and classic Glen Miller Band music.
The public is invited to wear ‘40s era clothing with prizes awarded for the best costumes. There will also be a dance competition, plus a silent auction. Park restaurants will be open for business.
According the Fraser, Columbia was named a state historic park in 1945. “That’s why our street dance festivities were created with music and color from the ‘40s in mind,” he said. “This year’s theme is ‘Jump, Jive and Wail’ and we want everyone to come to our free event and do just that with us.”
A very limited number of VIP tables are still available at $60. per table. This includes a complimentary bottle of champagne.
For more information, contact or call (209) 770-0648 to reserve a table.