UNION — On Saturday evening, fathers and daughters enjoyed quality time together thanks to the Union County Recreation Department.
The UCRD hosted its 16th annual Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday.
The event — billed as “a night to remember for fathers and their daughters, ages 3-20” — has become a tradition for many local fathers and daughters.
Chris Woodson and his ten-year-old daughter, Calista, attended the dance as they have for several years.
“We had a great time,” Woodson said. “The dads had as much fun as the girls. It’s a memory we can share with our daughters — and they can share with their friends — for a lifetime.”
The gymnasium was decorated with candles, balloons and a disco ball to authenticate the dance floor atmosphere, along with a continuous stream of music provided by Dean “DJ BIG” Gregory.
“All the girls and dads really enjoyed themselves,” said Program Director Jessica Gallman. “We didn’t have to tell anybody to get out there and dance. DJ BIG kept it hopping.”
Gallman said everyone’s participation in line dances such as “The Wobble,” “Cupid Shuffle,” and the timeless “Electric Slide” always provides lots of entertainment.
The event also featured light refreshments, including cake squares from Kirby’s Cake Shoppe. This year’s dance also included a balloon drop.
There were around 75 attendees at this year’s dance, some of which attended for the first time. One first-time couple was Dustin Rakestraw and his four-year-old daughter Shyann.
“It gave me and my little girl time to get away together,” Dustin said. “She danced and cut up. We just had a great time.”
Monty Fowler and his six-year-old daughter, Savannah, were also first timers at the dance.
“I thought it was awesome,” Monty said.
Monty said he learned about the dance through co-workers at Timken who also attended with their daughters.
“Everything was set up nice, with balloons and food,” he said. “My daughter loves it and wants to go again. We will most definitely go back next year.”
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234.