As opening notes of The Temptations’ hit, “My Girl,” filled the Frederick Fairgrounds EventPlex, many fathers gently guided the tiny hands and feet of their daughters to the dance floor.
As the lines rang out “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day/ When it’s cold outside/ I’ve got the month of May,” many fathers scooped up their children and swayed to the music.
Braving snow showers and some slick roads, 450 fathers and daughters between the ages of 4 and 12 attended the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance on Saturday.
“I think its a really special thing for the dads and daughters to do together,” said Erin Kleintop, a county recreation specialist.
Fathers wore tuxedos, some with boutonnieres to match the corsages they gave their daughters. Many of the girls wore sparkling shoes, fancy dresses, and some even sported tiaras.
Frederick County Parks and Recreation hosted two dances, one from 4 to 6 p.m. and another from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Both sold out and had waiting lists in case some couples could not make it.
“It has grown and grown and grown over the years,” Kleintop said.
The dance floor was a popular spot for many as the disc jockey played mainly songs the girls would enjoy such as Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” and One Direction’s “One Thing.”
Besides dancing, the event featured other activities.
Mike Fields of Frederick helped his daughters, Justice, 7, and Nia, 5, make flowers out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners at the KidzArt station. The girls got their flowers sprayed with different colors to finish the project.
The family decided to attend the event after the girls brought home a flier from school.
“I thought it would be fun to go,” Fields said.
Some fathers dutifully waited as their daughters were treated to mini-manicures from the Be Nice or Else team at The Temple Paul Mitchell school.
Alice Ness, student-run programs leader and service-desk coordinator, said pink was the favorite color of the night.
Frederick resident Curtis Arnold brought his daughter Megan, 6, to the dance for the third year in a row.
“It’s all she has talked about,” Arnold said. “I like [that the dance] is centered around the girls.”
The two will be joined next year by Megan’s sister who needs one more year to be eligible.
After the dance, they go to The Orchard every year.
In the car ride over to the dance, Arnold said Megan asked the age limit for the daughters. He told her 12.
“She wants to come until she is 20,” he said.