Emily Zapffe, right, and father Carl Zapffe dance at the Marysville Father-Daughter Valentine's Dance on Feb. 2, 2019. 


Fathers and daughters will gather again in Marysville for the city’s Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dances on Feb. 1 and 8

The annual event allows dads to dance with their girls for a night in their fancy clothes with music.

“We are excited to bring back the Father-Daughter Valentines Dance,” said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the city of Marysville.

This is the 15th year that the city has put on their annual event.

Cost is $25 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. The event happens at Cedarcrest Middle School at 6810 84th St. NE.

Dances return for two sessions each night. The first session is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the second session is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“It started as a single dance and has now grown to four dances each year,” said Kingsford. The event has sold out for the last several years and Kingsford expects it to sell out again this year.

“I highly recommend that people register now,” she said.

The event is popular with families and many come back year after year, said Kingsford.

“For many families it’s really become a tradition,” she said.

“There are many who come here every year or come to the dance most year. They have all the photos on the wall or in a photo album,” she said.

Families will receive a professional 5x7 photo as part of the entry cost for the event.

Kingsford said that most of all dads enjoy the time spent with their daughters.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for fathers and daughters or grandfathers and granddaughters to spend some time together,” she said.

“It’s their time. It’s a day that is all about the daughters and for the fathers it’s a chance to really focus on the daughter,” said Kingsford.

There is also typically a lot of dancing at the event.

“We have a wonderful DJ from Sound Source Seattle. He gets all the daughters dancing throughout the event,” said Kingsford.

She said that families have a lot of fun at the event each year.

“I think the Father-Daughter Dance has become an amazing community event for families each year,” said Kingsford. “It truly creates lifetime memories.”

There are many long-time sponsors that help to contribute or support the event each year, said Kingsford.

This year those sponsors include Bob’s Burgers and Brew, Gamut 360, Marysville Kiwanis, Trading Post NW Buffet and Grill, Sound Source Seattle.

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