Area daddys, daughters connect tonight at annual Boardman event


Few things are more memorable in the life of a young girl than her first official night out with a guy — especially when that guy is a man she will love her entire life.

That love and special connection between father and daughter is the idea behind the annual “Daddy Daughter Dance” in Boardman Park. Each night this weekend dozens of fathers wearing their best attire are escorting their little princesses to the park for an evening of dining and dancing.

Karen McCallum, Boardman Park recreation specialist, said the dance started 10 years ago as a way for fathers and daughters between 5 and 12 years old to get out of the house and spend time together, but it has been growing every year since then.

The dance was held on one night its first year and quickly sold out. Organizers then began holding the dance over a period of two days and it still sold out. This year the dance is over a three-day period and again sold out.

Read more about this year's event in Saturday's Vindicator or on

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