Fathers and daughters have a night fit for royalty


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The Father Daughter Night was filled with dancing. Fathers and daughters danced all night with their friends.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Karen McCallum held the microphone for one of the daughters to sing along to the song "Let it Go" from the movie "Frozen."


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Fathers and daughters dance along to the chicken dance during the Father Daughter Night on Feb. 11.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Daughters danced with each other during the thirteenth annual Father Daughter Night at Boardman Park Feb. 11-14.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Fathers passed out roses to their daughters and serenaded them to the song "My Girl." Each daughter got a rose with a poem attached to it.



Boardman Park hosted its Father Daughter Dance for the thirteenth year in a row Feb. 11-14. Tickets go on sale a month ahead of time and all four nights this year were sold out in two weeks, with 60 couples each night.

Boardman Park Recreation Director, Karen McCallum, has worked hard on putting the night together. She said that the dads who bring their daughters to the event are responsible for the success of the event.

“I love to credit the dads of the community for the success of this program because that just shows what commitment to family values this area, this community has,” said McCallum.

The night consists of dinner, a craft and a lot of dancing. There is also a rose ceremony, in which the dads present their daughters with a rose with a poem on it and serenade them to the song “My Girl.”

Daughters from ages 5-12 years-old are welcome to attend. Some daughters that attended were “graduating daughters,” meaning they are 12-years-old and this was their last year to attend the event after coming for up to six years.

“There are a couple dads that have been here for a couple years now and we also have some first time dads,” said McCallum.

Some of the dads have older daughters they used to bring and are now bringing their younger daughters. There are also dads that have come from out of town, including areas such as Canton and Akron.

The night started with dinner and a craft and then all of the couples moved into a bigger room for the dancing. Songs that everyone will enjoy are played. Some songs are played for the daughters to teach their fathers dances, while the fathers get a chance to teach their daughters dance moves from songs they know as well.

McCallum said that next year the event will be bigger so that more fathers and daughters have the chance to attend.

“Next year we already blocked off two weekends. We are doing six nights,” said McCallum.

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