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Fathers, daughters enjoy annual dance

Marysville's annual Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance is a popular event for many local families


Christopher Andersson

Dan Paquette, left, and daughter Adina Paquette dance at the Marysville Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance on Feb. 4.

Fathers and daughters danced under the colored lights at Cedarcrest Middle School on Feb. 4 during a night meant just for them at the 12th annual Marysville Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance.

The night provides local fathers and daughters with a couple of hours to put on their best suits and dresses, and have a night out to enjoy themselves and dance.

"We have a formula that I think makes the dance very memorable for everyone," said Maryke Burgess, one of the city organizers of the event and Marysville's Community Center manager.

That formula includes photos, punch, food and a DJ playing the latest in music for the kids and their fathers.

"The DJ really makes it special and gets everyone involved," she said.

The City of Marysville provides two dances each year and held the event Feb. 4 this year, with a second dance planned for Feb. 11.

"The dances were very popular again. We did sell out on all sessions of the dance," said Andrea Kingsford, organizer of the event and recreation coordinator for the city.

A total of 870 people registered for the event.

Many of the fathers and daughters come back year after year for the event.

"Families love the tradition of it," said Kingsford.

"I was talking to a dad and a daughter tonight and they were saying that this is their third year and how much they were looking forward to it," she said.

Some fathers said they had come to the event several years in a row.

"It's great. This is our sixth year. It's a fun time to get out and have dinner and bring one of my five daughters. I've got to get the other four to come next year," said local father Jeff Perrine.

"We've been here many, many times ... we just have a great time and I get to spend time with my daughter," said local father Brad Johnson.

The Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance also gives fathers and daughters their own personal bonding time.

"I think it's really important and there's not a lot of opportunities for dads and daughters to get together this way," said Burgess.

Local daughter Adina Paquette has been to the dance for five years in a row now. "It's a fun way to spend time with each other," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Riley Perrine, left, and father Jeff Perrine dance at the Marysville Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance on Feb. 4.

Many families make a night out of the event, or wear matching ties.

"Daughters really get to know how special they are from their dads," said Kingsford.

Burgess said the fathers are always excited to get a chance to spend the night at the dance as well.

"One of the things I'm super impressed with is the dads who are always super engaged with their daughters. They're not on their cell phones or getting in cliques and talking to each other," she said. "They are having just as much fun and it's really special to see."

The Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance is sponsored by several local businesses and organizations, including Bob's Burger and Brew, Marysville Kiwanis, Pro-Action Physical Therapy, Mimi's Kids, Bouquets of Sunshine, Clear Image Photograph and Sound Source Seattle.


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