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Record turnout expected for Shamrock Ball

Katelyn Hulbert, 2, and big sister, Allison, 6, enjoy the attention while dancing with their father, Phil Hulbert of Farragut, during last year’s Shamrock Ball – a Father-Daughter Dance held Saturday night, March 12, 2011.- File photo
A record turnout, and record dollars for charity, are expected for Seventh Annual “Shamrock Ball – A Father-Daughter Dance,” from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 10, in Farragut High School Commons.

Presented by town of Farragut and Kiwanis Club of Farragut, “Anyone can come; there’ll be food and crafts and lots of dancing,” said Sue Stuhl, parks & leisure services director for town of Farragut. “It’s very popular and it’s really cute.

“We have daughters of all ages; we have adult daughters with older fathers that might be considered grandfathers,” Stuhl added. “We have dads and young ladies who dress up and [daughters who] have flowers in their hair and [they] go out to dinner before the event.

“We take photos of them so that they can order them online. It’s a pretty big deal and a big night.”

Music will be provided by Dean of Music DJ Entertainment, while daughters also can make a piece of jewelry to take home.

As for expected turnout, “At our highest, we’ve probably had six- or seven-hundred,” Stuhl said.

“And I expect more this year because people are now getting used to it, calling us about the date and where tickets are,” she added.

All family members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“It’s an event like some of our other events, it just continues to grow. … We have a bunch of mothers and sons who come and watch, so it’ll be a family affair, too,” Stuhl said.

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 30. Ticket outlets include Farragut Town Hall (11408 Municipal Center Drive) and Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce (11826 Kingston Pike, Suite 110).

Advance ticket prices are $10 for a father and daughter (or two family members) and $5 for each additional person.

Tickets also can be purchased at the door for $15 for a father and daughter (or two family members) and $8 for each additional person, subject to availability.

Proceeds to benefit children’s charities in the Knox County area.

“The monies that are collected, both for ticket sales and sponsorships, minus some costs … whatever’s left will go to some children’s charity,” Stuhl said, adding the specific charity “has not been decided yet from Kiwanis.”

“In years past we’ve raised several thousand or more dollars each time.”

For more information, visit or call 865-966-7057.


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