Sock Hop has the moves, the music and the poodle skirts

A dashing couple takes the floor during Saturday night’s Sock Hop, hosted by Walking Down Ranch. About 250 people enjoyed dinner, live music, a live dessert auction and an impressive silent auction to benefit the local veterans support organization.

SHOW LOW — Walking Down Ranch and Veterans Village Thrift Store held its fifth annual Sock Hop Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Show Low Elks Lodge banquet hall. Over 200 people purchased tickets, enjoying dinner, entertainment, live music, silent auction, live dessert auction and raffles. Singles, couples and groups of all ages danced to ‘50s hits, showing off their saddle shoes, style and dance moves.

Sock Hop has the moves, the music and the poodle skirts

Walking Down Ranch founder and director, Maggie Heath, (left), presents the highest bidder with a homemade fruit tart during the 5th annual Sock Hop dessert auction.

More Sock Hop dancers

There’s nothing like the swirl of a pink poodle skirt and saddle shoes to show you know 50’s dance moves. This couple enjoys the live music by Siringo & Friends Band along with DJ’s Ken and Joy Blackburn.

Walking Down Ranch Inc. and Veterans Village in Lakeside is a “unique community that offers veterans and their families an array of services including transitional housing, food, clothes, utilities, medical transportation, phones, medications and holiday boxes.”

They became recognized as a 501(c)(3) in 2014 and have assisted more than 800 veterans and family members in the White Mountains.

The organization also has a Veterans Thrift Store which provides on-going retail experience for veterans and provides funding for the revitalization and maintenance of the 18 Walking Down Ranch residential cabins.

For more information about their ongoing projects, visit their website at or call 602-689-8056.

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Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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