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Barn Dance set for Saturday in Worthington

The event is family-friendly, with yard games for children. Some people wear Western attire, too, but it’s not required.

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WORTHINGTON — The whole community is invited to the annual Barn Dance Saturday at Pioneer Village, an event that serves as a fundraiser for St. Mary’s School in Worthington.

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“We started doing the barn dance because we were looking for a unique way to have a fundraiser for the school,” said Marie Johnson, who teaches third grade there. “We wanted to find a fundraiser that could also be a community event.”

Tickets for the dance, which runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, are $25 for adults, $10 for students and children younger than age 5 can attend for free. The meal and entertainment are included, and a beer garden is available for those who wish to purchase beverages.

The event is family-friendly, with yard games for children, Johnson said. Some people wear Western attire, too, but it’s not required.

“Everyone just has a great time,” she added.


The Barn Dance features contemporary music, with PM Music providing DJ services and Jon-e-1 BBQ providing most of the food — pulled pork sandwiches, corn mac and cheese and veggies. Nystrom Orchard is contributing caramel apples for dessert. Popcorn will be available for snacking throughout the evening.

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“The food will be served until it runs out,” Johnson said.

As a private religious school, St. Mary’s is funded partially through St. Mary’s Church as well as tuition, but they are always looking for ways to offset costs for the families who can’t pay, Johnson said. Money raised at the barn dance, typically $4,000 to $8,000, goes into the school’s general fund.

“We have a lot of donors who help support this event,” Johnson said. They include Benson Funeral Home, Mike Woll, Dingmann Funeral Home, Johnson Builders, EZ Wash, First State Bank Southwest, Edward Jones, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Yourway Transportation, Compeer Financial and Smith Trucking.

Tickets for the barn dance can be purchased at the office of St. Mary’s School or on its website, smswgtn.org. They will also be available at the door. To-go meals are also available for purchase by calling the school ahead of time, ordering online or by stopping by at the door.

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
Phone: (507) 376-7319
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