As it turns out, a marathon will mean just that on Aug. 2 when a local dance contest — and $1,000 prize — will be won by the last couple standing.
A degree of confusion had surrounded a sock hop and dance marathon scheduled for that date at Mount Airy Elks Lodge to benefit the Shepherd’s House homeless shelter in Mount Airy.
Organizers of the contest, members of the facility’s governing board, originally announced that it might involve competitors dancing “all night,” in keeping with the endurance aspect of such marathons. However, a time limit had been indicated in plans calling for the dinner event to begin at 6:30 p.m. and have a midnight ending time.
But the Rev. Phil Goble Jr., executive director of the Shepherd’s House, has provided clarification on this after checking with organizers.
“I have been told that it is a dance marathon,” Goble said in a Wednesday email stressing that the event will live up to the traditional definition of such contests, which originated in the 1920s.
“We will have people (including the DJ) stay as long as we have people dancing,” Goble added.
The contest will cost $25 to enter, with dinner available at the lodge for $20. Chances on prize package drawings, for a $1,000 shopping spree and a gun package, also are being sold for $20 each.
Tickets can be obtained from Tammy Gravley at (336) 789-8246; Traci Haynes at 336-755-8832; Farah Davis at 336-755-0770; Shannon Hardy at 336-648-9940; Dianna Cox at 336-374-9453; Lori Willis at 336-429-9877; Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies at 336-786-1537; Jason Pike at 336-710-5083; or at the Shepherd’s House at 227 Rockford St.