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  • Dads cherish date time with daughters

  • Proud gentlemen escorted their little ladies to the ball Friday evening, but formality and finery quickly gave way to batting around balloons, making bracelets and goofing off in the photo booth.

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  • Proud gentlemen escorted their little ladies to the ball Friday evening, but formality and finery quickly gave way to batting around balloons, making bracelets and goofing off in the photo booth.
    Pittsburg Parks and Recreation’s Dad & Daughter Date Night featured an “under the sea” theme, and guests dined on clam cookies and goldfish and worked together to make seashell bracelets and suncatchers.
    Each couple willing to wait in line took a turn in the photo booth and took home a string of pictures that Parks and Recreation Superintendent Sara Mitchell hopes will fulfill her goal as she plans programming.
    “Making memories one program at a time,” she said. “They’re going to have these forever.”
    Dan and Hayden Stevens try to plan a monthly night together and Hayden insisted that her dad take her to the dance.
    “I told him to come,” she said.
    The two agreed the photo booth was their favorite, but also took a turn on the dance floor.
    “I’ll do anything she wants,” Dan Stevens said. “We’re not afraid to get out there and get silly.”
    Balloons scattered across the dance floor attracted the attention of younger guests.
    Travis Bowman said he was having a fantastic time with his three-year-old daughter Addison.
    “Her favorite, I think, was going crazy with the balloons and balls,” Bowman said.
    Quorynn Harris has been to the event in years past with each of her grandpas, but her father, B.J. Harris, said this was the first time he had taken her.
    He asked her which one of the three was the best date, and Quorynn smiled and told him, “You.”
    Dads around the room said what made the evening most special were the people with them.
    “It’s about spending time with your kids,” said Chad Ulepich, who got his picture taken, colored and played tic-tac-toe during the evening with his daughters Gabby and Izzy.
    Xiowqi “Jane” Gin, who is a Pittsburg State recreation major from China, helped out with the evening’s crafts and said the event made her a little homesick even as she enjoyed the activities.
    “It reminds me I really miss my father,” she said.
    The date night is always a hit, and this year was no exception. The event filled up several weeks out, and a second session was planned for Saturday.
    “We’ve always topped it out with 75 couples,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Sara Mitchell.
    She said demand was so high this year that 25 couples were on the waiting list two weeks out and the second night was planned.
    “That’s where Saturday night came in,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - An additional 35 couples are signed up for today’s date night, but Mitchell said additional last-minute reservations are not an option because food and favors are planned according to enrollment and they don’t want to run out.
    “We try to avoid having the little girl disappointed when she gets there,” she said.
    Mitchell said she already is looking ahead to date nights in coming years and also may have an event for fathers and sons on the horizon.

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