CANNONSBURG The seventh annual “Dancing with Our Stars” event was sold out Saturday night with 600 members of the community in attendance.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland. Last year, the event raised about $175,000, according to the museum’s executive director, Carol Allen.

Community members crammed into the Boyd County Community Center dressed to the nines to enjoy a dinner and dance competition. At the entrance, attendees could enjoy the red-carpet treatment with on-camera interviews and group photographs. Inside, they could vote on which of the eight competing couples showed the best moves on the dance floor. The event is an opportunity for folks to celebrate members of the community, Allen said.

“The people competing are our stars here in Boyd County. They could be your banker, your doctor or your neighbor. It’s a fun event for all our supporters here in the community,” Allen said.

Allen said this year’s event would go toward the establishment of the Clark Center, a child-friendly interactive exhibit. Since the center’s announcement last February, Allen said the museum has raised about $913,000 towards its $2.4 million goal.

The event itself is a “combination of the hard work of the public and the support of our board and volunteers,” Allen said.

“I can’t emphasize more how important our volunteers are. They are the worker bees who keep things going here. We are so very grateful for their time and efforts,” Allen said.

Missy Rooper and David Markin comprised the overall winning duo. Second place went to Danielle and Griffin Mason. Eric and Megan Chaney finished in the third spot.

Best costume went to Jason and Elizabeth Camp, portraying the Joker and Harley Quinn. Tyler and Emily Borders collected the Judges’ Choice and Best Video awards. The People’s Choice honor went to Rooper and Markin.

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