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Appalachian-style square dancing with a clogging step originated in the Appalachian Mountains of the Untied States, as an ongoing cultural tradition brought from England.  The earliest settlers from England brought with them parts of songs, dances and stories from the Mother country, and these were formed into a new tradition in the hills and valleys of this region, which includes our own state of Tennessee.  Our county seat, Murfreesboro, is in the exact geographical center of the state of Tennessee.

Rutherford County's Cripple Creek Cloggers preserve this tradition today in dance, costuming and spirit.  Since 1973, the group has performed at folkloric festivals throughout the world, with the latest being the US representatives at The 2004 Cultures of the World Festival in Gannat, France, and in 2006 when they participated in a cultural exchange with Costa Rica.  They participated, in July, 2007, as one of ten countries in international festivals in Schlitz and Scheessel in Germany.

During 2007, the group celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding.  A special "reunion day" was planned  in October and all previous dancers and their families were cordially invited.