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Tickets on sale Jan. 10 for Marysville Father/Daughter Valentine's Dances Feb. 5, 12

From left, Natalie and Dan Vinson slow-danced to country music at last year
From left, Natalie and Dan Vinson slow-danced to country music at last year's Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

MARYSVILLE — Ticket sales start on Jan. 10 for the sixth-annual Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance, and while the event is once again set to be split up into two evenings in February with two dances each, city of Marysville Recreation Coordinator Andrea Kingsford warned that those interested in attending shouldn't wait to purchase their tickets.

"It's really popular," Kingsford said of the dances, which take place from 5:30-7 p.m. and from 7:30-9 p.m. on both Feb. 5 and 12, in the Cedarcrest Middle School cafeteria, at 6400 88th St. NE. "You'll want to reserve your tickets early, because they sell out every year and they're not sold at the door."

Last year's event drew roughly 200 couples for each of the two dances on both nights, and was sold out two weeks before the first dance. The Clear Image Photography and Portrait Studio greeted the fathers and daughters by taking portrait-quality photos of them that would be available at the end of each evening. From there, the couples checked their coats, were able to grab punch and cookies, and joined in on the fun.

Kingsford explained that the dances are open to all ages, and recalled attendees ranging from toddlers to adult women.

"The dads and daughters get all dressed up to the nines, and some of them even go out to dinner that night," Kingsford said. "I remember one father who attended with both his daughter and his wife, and his wife was there with her father. One father shows up every year with his three daughters, one in her teens and two in their twenties. It's a wonderful, magical evening."

Tickets are available for $15 per couple, plus $5 for each additional daughter, and can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Office in Jennings Park, on 6915 Armar Rd., or online at the city of Marysville website. Pre-registration is required. For more information regarding the dances, log onto the city website or call the Recreation Office at 360-363-8400.

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