Do-si-do and go for the gold

100 Mile House scored a first at the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations Jan. 28.

Lac la Hache Caribooter Hazel Parker

100 Mile House scored a first at the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations Jan. 28.

Hazel Parker, Lac la Hache Caribooters president, says a Vancouver Organ-izing Committee (VANOC) staff member told her that he had never seen square dancing before and it wasn’t part of any other community’s celebration.

The South Cariboo Square Dance Association’s 16 dancers were the first.

Parker says the two dance clubs, the Caribooters and the 100 Mile Twirlers, have seven members more than 80 years old and most of the rest are in their seventies.

The whole day was very special, Parker says, adding she enjoyed it all and was amazed at how many people came out to the ceremonies.

“On stage when you looked out, it was just a sea of red as far as you could see.”

She adds it was almost like being on a high, and when she got home, she had to sit down and just say, “Wow.”

Then Parker says she had to call her children because they were all so excited about her participation in an Olympic Torch Relay Celebration.

Bill Rose, dance association president, says the festivities were well organized and exciting. “A job well done.”

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