Prairie du Rocher has held a Twelfth Night Ball for centuries. The tradition waned during World War II, when most of the area’s men were called to military service, and was largely dead for decades after the war’s end until restarting in the 1970s.
Dancing — waltzes, polkas, schottisches, reels and square dances — got under way after a grand march, and the dance floor filled with participants of all ages. A caller directed the dancers and simultaneously taught many newcomers the necessary steps and directions, while a traditional band provided the music.
The band, Cousin Curtis and the Cash Rebates, has played this event for more than 30 consecutive years.