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Sweet Memories
Father/Daughter Date Night always a special occasion
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A total of 365 attendees of daughters and their fathers participated in the 17th Annual Father/Daughter Date Night Saturday at the Civic Center. 
The fun event is sponsored by Grand Rental Station, First National Bank, Bob’s Central Air Conditioning Inc. and Carrier, and McMinnville Parks and Recreation.
“This is our 17th year for this special night,” recalls organizer Kathy Bouldin. “It is a fun time, and we like to see all the girl’s smiling faces.”
Much time and consideration is given to the decorating theme each year, with Bouldin and her staff endeavoring to make it as special as possible. A lollipop and candy theme was used this year with over-sized lollipops hanging from the expansive Civic Center ceiling. Lollipop arrangements in assorted sizes were placed at strategic spots around the facility. 
“It’s hard to be creative each year,” said Bouldin. “We want it to be fun and youthful, and I think the lollipop theme is a huge success.”
For 17 years the unique event has provided an avenue for fathers and daughters to spend quality time together in a festive setting. The ladies dress up in their finest dresses or formal gowns, with many Dads donning ties, vests or cumberbuns matching their date’s dress.
Little three-year-old Amaya Martin was attending for her first time with her father, Trevor. She was very anxious to get the delicious meal of chicken, vegetables, and dessert finishes so she could hit the dance floor. Over 30 First National Bank employees graciously served each and every guests during the evening.
Michael Smith has brought his daughter, Shelly, to the event for 15 years, bringing her since she was four years old.
“It’s very special to us,” said Michael. “Her birthday is in January, and tickets to this party is what she asks for each year. She came down from Tennessee Tech to be here tonight.” 
Keili and Keith Martin seemed to enjoy their date together, savoring their cheesecake, just waiting for the Sound Machine to gear up the music.
“I like the door prizes, the deocrations, the food, but best of all I liked to dance,” said Keili.