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Needs etymology. 05:32, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Could the term hoedown stem from the southern German "Hoagartn" (which in turn stems from the words Heim (home) + Garten (garden))? A "Hoagartn" is a regional term for an informal gathering with music and dancing, these used to take place in the courtyard of a farm rather than in the local tavern.
It doesn't seem a big jump to hoedown especially as the term changes a lot even within Bavaria.
—This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 13:06, 7 April 2011 (UTC).