Tons of Hoe-Down Club Ideas

October 14, 2019

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The fall has arrived and its a perfect time of year to plan
a Young Life hoedown club! 


  • Borrow
    a barn.
  • If you
    can’t find a barn, find a field. It’s better to do the field party earlier
    in October so it’s doesn’t get dark as early. In 2019, Daylight Savings
    Time ends on Nov. 3, so after that, it will get darker earlier.
  • If you
    use a field without lights, you could circle up cars and use headlights.
    Bring jumper cables in case you drain a car battery! 
  • You’ll
    also want to make sure a bathroom is close by. You can rent port-a-potties
    for $150, maybe even get a parent to sponsor it. Who doesn’t want their
    business logo on a sign taped to a portable toilet?
  • If you
    can’t find a barn or a field, you can do it anywhere, just make sure to


  • Christmas
    lights are a must.
  • Aluminum
    bins filled with ice and bottled cokes.
  • Hay
    bales are great. Try and get them donated, but if not, you can probably
    get 30 for $100 from a local supplier. 
  • Checkered
  • Tons of
    ideas on Pinterest


Finger Countin

Use your skit characters to do a funny game sell about how their mama taught
them to count and add. Stand back to back, each person holding out one hand. On
that hand they can hold out no fingers, 1, 2,3,4, or all 5. When they turn
around (on the count of 3) they add the fingers together with their opponents.
The first one to yell the correct sum moves on to the next round.

Seed Spittin

Kids race to cut open a pumpkin, pull out the seeds and spit them towards their
partners who are holding a plastic jack-o-lantern. The one with the most seeds
after 90 seconds (with loud music playing in the background) is the winner.

You can also spit sunflower seeds into a cowboy hat.

Plunger Olympics

If you’re going for more of a red neck theme instead of a barn party, you can
make up all kinds of games using plungers.

  • Ring
    toss on the plunger
  • Unrolling
    toilet paper race with the toilet paper roll on the plunger
  • Using
    the plungers as gloves to catch balls being tossed
  • Get

Pie-Eating Contest

Few things are as redneck as eating contests. You can go many different
directions with this one. Just call 3-5 folks up front and pick one of the
options below or create your own.

  • Fill
    pie tins with gummy worms and whipped cream and have a race to see who can
    get all the worms out first without using their hands. Start a rumor in
    the crowd that real worms are mixed in with the gummy worms.
  • Fill
    pie tins with M&Ms and flour and have a race to get the M&Ms out
    using no hands. Make sure to have water for them to drink after getting a
    mouth full of flour. Take pictures!

Turkey Head

If you’re doing it in November, you can do a slight twist on the ol’ surgical
glove on the head game, because it does look like a turkey. Get three
volunteers to pull the glove over their head, just below their nose. When the
music starts, they race to blow it up as big as they can. It can get huge! Take


Here’s a link to download
the script
 we used for our program characters. They were Hot Sauce
Cowboys and the “bad guy” was a cranky old man.


  • Make a
    good country music playlist to have going as kids arrive. Ask a kid to
    help make it (but make sure it’s clean.
  • Here’s
     a friend made for a hoe-down club, but it’s a couple
    years old.
  • Use
    eyeliner to draw freckles on girls, like we do at camp.
  • Considering
    getting 2 skit characters to host the whole night. They can learn some
    redneck jokes and do a little routine throughout club.
  • Get
    someone to come call a square dance or learn to do it yourself by watching
    Sean McGever at


a song sheet we made here.
 It feels more “hoe-down-ish” to
pass out song sheets than to use a screen and slides. It includes the following

  • Mama
    Don’t Allow
  • Wagon
  • Chicken
  • Springsteen
  • I Saw
    The Light
  • Amazing

guitar chords for all the songs above here.

Last year we did use slides. Download
PowerPoint Slides for all the songs below here.

  • Wagon
  • High
    FLyin Lord
  • Let my
    light shine bright
  • Barefoot
    Bluejean night
  • Chicken
  • Banana
  • Springsteen
  • Let
    there be light
  • I
    could Run Away
  • I am

What other Hoedown ideas do you have? Email
us here
 and we’ll add them to the post.

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