The Sagebrush Shufflers Square Dancing Club, a Mountain Home icon since the early sixties, has announced that they will once again be holding square dances at the large meeting room in the Western Elmore County Recreation District Office on 245 East 6th South.
The Shufflers had to halt their regular Friday night dances and other club activities when the county declared their Dance Hall building off McMurtrey Road condemmed in March. The Dance Hall was built in 1963 by a group of local residents who desired to have a place to hold square dancing. Over the years, the building had been rented out to other community groups for line-dancing, gun shows, wedding receptions, swap meets and other activities. “Our building was a great mid-sized facility for the community to use in a town where there’s not a lot of buildings groups can rent out for events,” said Cheryl Bahr, Chapter President. “ But the county came in and said the building is so old it doesn’t meet code anymore. We figured it would take about $300,000 to make the necessary repairs to bring the building up to code,” said Bahr. At this time, the club is unsure whether they will try to save the building or sell the land it sits on.