After dancing for many years, the group officially formed in 1934. That year the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers performed in front of the log cabin on Antique Hill at the Tunbridge Fair. They went on to appear at the 1940 New York World's Fair.
Here today's Ed Larkin Contra Dancers group takes the dance floor to the cheers of a large crowd. Note the top hats and period dress!
The group performs such old time dances as "Hull's Victory", "Portland Fancy", "Petronella", and "Green Mountain Volunteers" among others. The following video was taken this past Saturday. I will bet that before it's finished your toes will be tapping!
This gentleman will be 90 years old in a few weeks. He was the fiddler for Saturday's performance and still fiddles regularly for the group.
And now the performance is over and the dancers parade off the dance floor, waving goodbye in Tunbridge for another year!
If you want to visit the Tunbridge World's Fair check the website http://www.tunbridgefair.com/ as summer draws to an end. The fair is always held in early September. While on the grounds don't miss the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers performing in the tent on Antique Hill. You can still obtain a copy of Ruth Sher's book there. Also if you check out the exhibits in the Floral Hall on the fairgrounds, you may still be able to find copies of the book "History of the Tunbridge World's Fair" by Carol Moller.
See you there next September?