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Daddy-daughter Sweetheart Dance a big hit in Wauconda

Ryan Schumaker Wauconddances with his daughter Grace WaucondPark District’s Sweetheart Dance. | CHRIS CASHMAN/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

Ryan Schumaker of Wauconda dances with his daughter Grace at the Wauconda Park District’s Sweetheart Dance. | CHRIS CASHMAN/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: March 11, 2014 6:23AM

The Wauconda Park District double-dated last weekend.

For the first time, the district’s daddy-daughter Sweetheart Dance was expanded from one to two nights.

The event in the park district’s gym featured dinner, dancing to music provided by a deejay, contests and prizes. Girls age 4-11 received a corsage, and professional photos were available.

“This is the first year we’ve done two dances because it was so popular the last couple years,” said Sara Schuring, recreation supervisor. She said 74 couples signed up for Friday’s dance, and 75 on Saturday.

“It’s a great dance. Dads love getting dressed up and bringing their daughters, and spending the evening with their daughters.

“It’s a really fun event,” Schuring said.

“She’s lovin’ it, ”said Adam Lord of Volo, who was dancing with his daughter, Teagan, 4. “This is great. I’m glad they do this.”

It was the first Sweetheart Dance for Eric Cardwell of Wauconda and his daughter, Kaelyn, 6.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s great, actually,” Cardwell said.

Sara Meyer, 9, of Wauconda, has been coming to the Sweetheart Dance with her dad, Wade, for several years.

“It’s very nice, it’s fun. It’s a great event,” Wade said.

John Stanley was at the Sweetheart Dance with her daughter, Keira, 7. “We like being able to spend some time together, “ Stanley said. “She has a baby brother so we get a little daddy-daughter time.”

Ryan Schumaker of Wauconda was doing double-duty. He attended Friday night’s Sweetheart Dance with his youngest daughter, Grace, 4. He was back on Saturday with daughter Paige, 6.

Grace was carrying a Valentine candy prize. “She won for her dancing,” Schumaker said. “You did so good!” he exclaimed to Grace.

“I just love our community so much. The events that they do for us — it’s amazing,” Schumaker said. “The park district, I cannot sing their praises enough for what they’ve done for the girls in programs, this event I particular,” he said.

“The smile on her face — Grace was so excited coming today. She wanted to leave the house at 6 o’clock, she was just so excited to go,” Schumaker said.

“Do you want to dance some more?” He didn’t have to ask Grace twice as they returned, hand-in-hand, to the dance floor.

What was the favorite part of the evening for the girls? Most has a similar sentiment.

“We get to dance with our dads,” said Kaelyn Cardwell.

“I get to dance with my dad,” said Sara Meyer.

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