Salmon Barbecue Festival

61st Annual

Salmon Barbecue 


August 25, 26 & 27, 2017


Featured Caller -Buddy Weaver
San Diego CA

Buddy Weaver started calling in 1977 while still in school, living in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He is a third generation square dance caller who lives with his family in San Diego, California. 

Buddy became an accredited member of CALLERLAB in 1981 and is currently Chairman of the Music Producers Committee.  He is an experienced coach in the art of calling and has done seminars in the United States, Japan, and Europe on many square dance calling subjects.  Buddy also writes a monthly music review column along with an article on making square dancing better for the dancers.His articles appear in the American Square Dance magazine and the Northeastern Square Dance magazine.

Buddy has been active in the Square Dance recording industry since 1981, with over 300 vocals released. He is producer of Blue Star and Hi Hat Music - the largest Square Dance Music company in the world. Buddy Weaver is the first American caller to teach and call in post-cold war Poland and the first American caller brought to both Tasmania, Australia and Takagawa, Japan for a square dance festival

He has called numerous times in Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany along with twenty-nine United States.

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Featured Cuer - John Downing from 

                     San Diego, California

John and Fran Downing began square dancing in the summer of 1977 in the Los Angeles area (where they were raised). The following January (1978) found the two of them in round dance lessons. John started cueing later that year and they taught their first class in January 1979. They fell in love with round dancing when first introduced and being young didn’t hurt either. Not long after, they joined ROUNDALAB. They continued to dance and teach in Southern California and along the way had two daughters (who also dance). 

They have participated in numerous weekends and festivals over the years along with eight square dance cruises. John and Fran have attended several National Conventions and worked as round dance Chairman of the Day for the 1988 Convention in Anaheim and Assistant Services for the 2012 National here in Spokane. 

In early 1994, because of a job change, John and Fran moved to Florida and spent ten years there before moving to the Spokane area in 2004. Eventually, both daughters ended up back in California. Missing their daughters, they sadly left Spokane to move back to California in the Spring of 2015 to be with the rest of the family. They continue to dance and cue in San Diego and look forward to seeing dear friends a the BBQ this year. 

Western Dance Center  - Sullivan Park
1901 North Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley WA
Exit 291-B off I-90 then North

Saturday - August 26 - Intermediate Round Dance - Phase II, III & IV
                                     10 am to noon -  $6 per person 

                                      Plus Dance with Phase III rounds
                                      2  to 4 pm - $6 per person

                                      Advanced Dance
                                      4  to 4:30 pm

                                      Rounds - 7:15 pm  
                                      Grand March - 7:45 pm
                                      HALL OF FAME PRESENTATION
                                      Mainstream 8 pm with rounds
$10.00 per person
                                      Refreshments Furnished 

Sunday - August 27 - SALMON BARBECUE DINNER - Noon to 4 pm                                        
                  Adult  $12                                
                                         Senior (65+)  $10                               
                                                                          Children (12-)  $8

                    Afternoon Dance - All callers and cuers
                                     noon to 2 pm - Mainstream
                                     2  to 3 pm - Entertainment
                                     3 to 4 pm - Mainstream

Cropped BBQ

Future - 2018 will be August 24, 25 & 26.
                          Wade Driver calling and Doug Dodge cueing
                  Trails In - August 23 - Doug Davis calling & Justine Litzko cueing

              2019 will be August 23, 24, & 25.
                                Joe Saltel calling and Peter Gomez cueing

               2020 will be August 27, 28 & 29
                                 Jet Roberts calling

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