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Ripon VFW sock hop on Saturday

Gail and Greg Gallup are practicing their moves in front of a jukebox being raffled off at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sock Hop on Saturday night. Patti Risner sits at a table nearby with Coke in ...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED June 3, 2014 1:30 a.m.

It’s going to be a “sock hop” of the 1950s at the West Ripon Road VFW post Saturday starting at 5 p.m. with dancing to the period songs that will have the place jumping to the juke box music of the era.

The cost is $10 per person.

Records from 78s to 45s hang from the ceilings with a menu of the day for party-goers that include hamburgers, hotdogs, fries and drinks that include milkshakes, root beer and root beer floats with and without added alcohol.

A 2002 jukebox is being raffled off to all comers that will be presented at the end of the night. There will also be a judged “best costume” event for the sock hop crowd. VFW Auxiliary member Patti Risner has been busy for the past week creating the decorations for the event that run from the dining room to the bar where special elevated tables stand near the jukebox.

The veterans are excited about the upcoming weekend and hope to see newly returning GIs come through the door. They are definitely welcome to join us, they said in unison. The full service Ripon post is open every day of the week and is sponsoring the fundraiser to help maintain their status quo. The VFW added a new stainless steel kitchen in recent years. Entry during the week is limited to card carrying members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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