An estimated 900 fathers and daughters packed the NEMO Fairgrounds Friday evening for the 15th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance.
The Heartland Task Force invited all girls, pre-school through 6th grade, to bring their fathers or significant male figures for an evening of dancing and bonding.
Miss Northeast Counties also made a guest appearance.
Jen Houser, with the Heartland Task Force, says the dance is just another way to keep children on the right path.
â??In substance abuse prevention, we used to do a lot of no, quit, don't stop, but we've learned that if you build up the community and the family around the child then the child is much less likely to abuse drugs later in life. Weâ??re trying to develop this relationship between dads and daughters at this really early age,â?? said Houser.
The dance is an annual fundraiser to raise money for substance abuse prevention courses in schools.
The entry fee was $6 per couple and $2 for each additional daughter.