PLANT CITY Tiaras and glamour were part of the fifth annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
But most of all, girls got to spend quality time with their fathers or father-figures at the dance sponsored by the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department.
“We just wanted to put a great evening together with daughters, dads, granddaughters, granddads, or guardians to have a lovely, magical evening,” said Jason Hargrove, recreation supervisor and dance organizer.
Saturday’s dance at the John R. Trinkle Center on the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College was so popular that it sold out.
“This is our biggest daddy-daughter event yet,” Hargrove said. “We have exactly 305 registered.”
Set to a diamond ball theme, the evening began with a magic show by A-1 Magic followed with a dinner, catered for the first year by Lupton’s Catering.
The evening closed out with dancing to a selected mix of favorite dance songs, slow dance songs and popular hits from artists such as Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Each girl was given a tiara, donated by Friends of Recreations, and a long-stem rose, donated by All a Bloom Florist, to keep as mementos.
The event also included table prizes and drawings for prizes such as restaurant gift cards, free movie passes, and free tickets to Dinosaur World, the Museum of Science & Industry and the Florida Aquarium.
Hargrove credited business sponsors such as Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Plant City Family Bowl, Chili’s, and Papa John’s for the success of the dance.
“Without them we couldn’t have this event,” he said.