Darrell Walker, left, Tatum Carbajal, center, and Finley Walker dance at the city of Marysville's Father-Daughter Valentine's Dance on Feb. 1.


Fathers and daughters got together for a night of fun and dancing during the city of Marysville's annual Father-Daughter Valentine's Dance.

The first two sessions for the dance were held on Feb. 1 and the second two are scheduled for Feb. 8.

"We are excited to have all the families again with lots of returning dads and daughters," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the city of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

The event is usually sold out and this year was almost sold out as well.

Marysville staff and other volunteers provide a night of dancing and music at the Cedarcrest Middle School commons.

"The families love that it is the dad and daughter time together. The daughters get to spin, dance and have fun," said Kingsford. "And it's just a special time where they get to do that together with their dad."

Sound Source Seattle provides music and dance activities for families.

"The DJ gets everyone on the dance floor," said Kingsford.

Parents also enjoy the DJ and his energy.

"I like the DJ. He mixes it up and keeps everyone going. And it's just gotten better as the girls get older," said local parent James Dunlap.

For Dunlap, this is the fifth year at the event, and he is not alone in returning to the dance year after year.

"Definitely my favorite part is just to see the dads come back year after year. I've seen daughters grow up and still come even when they're in university," said Kingsford.

Local parent Darrell Walker has been to the event for eight years and said he loves coming to it.

"I probably know about 30 guys in here, so it's a good community get together," he said.

"I go to church with about 20 of them. I went to high school with a couple of them, and now it's just a tradition. We come here every year and Marysville does a good job," he said.

Walker brought several of his daughters to the event.

"And now I have my newest one, she's only 19 months, here but she fits right in," he said.

Kingsford wanted to thank all the families who support the event.

"I always like to say thank you to the community and they've really made it part of their family tradition," she said.

She also wanted to thank local businesses who help offset ticket costs and/or provide volunteer support.

"We really appreciate all their sponsorship," said Kingsford.

This year's sponsors included Trading Post NW, Gamut 360, Bob's Burgers and Brew, Reece Construction Company, Kiwanis, Sound Source Seattle and The Design Portrait Studio.

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