Ryan Gallegos and daughter Chloe were new to the community last year when they attended their first Fairy Tale Ball. They had a great time and are looking forward to this year’s event Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Carrollton Centre. Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Westgate Mall.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Participants in last year’s Fairy Tale Ball at the Carrollton Centre could dance the night away to music by Time of Your Life DJ Service, operated by Scott Masching.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Ryan Gallegos and daughter Chloe were new to the community last year when they attended their first Fairy Tale Ball. They had a great time and are looking forward to this year’s event Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Carrollton Centre. Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Westgate Mall.

Participants in last year’s Fairy Tale Ball at the Carrollton Centre could dance the night away to music by Time of Your Life DJ Service, operated by Scott Masching.

Carroll first two Fairy Tale Balls for dads, granddads, uncles and their princesses ages 3-12 have proven to be so magical that organizers are offering two events this year.

Ticket sales for the third annual Fairy Tale Ball will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Westgate Mall in downtown Carroll.

Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional princess.

Organizers are offering two events on the same day because of its popularity.

The inaugural Fairy Tale Ball at First Assembly of God Church drew 170 participants, and the big turnout prompted moving last year's event to the more-spacious Carrollton Centre ballroom. Last year's event, too, was crowded as attendance jumped to nearly 230.

The Ball returns to the Carrollton Centre on Saturday, Feb. 2, but dads, granddads, uncles and princesses will have the choice of attending one of two events: from 2:30 to 5 p.m. or 6:30 to 9 p.m. Promenades - introduction of princesses and their dates - will begin 15 minutes before each Ball.

Tickets will be sold separately for the afternoon and evening Balls.

Dayon Kjellberg, who was among five or six local moms who kicked off the Fairy Tale Ball modeled after similar father-daughter dances in other communities, says she expects combined attendance at this year's events to top 300 or even approach 400, however, the addition of a second Ball should alleviate crowding.

She says of the Ball's popularity, "I think everybody has had a great time and gotten out the word."

Kjellberg, whose husband, Brent, plant manager at Pella Corp. in Carroll has attended the Ball with daughters Ella, 9, and Rachel, 8, says of the goal, "We want dads and daughters to spend some time together having fun, for girls to feel special in their dad's eyes and treasuring it."

She adds, "It's a good self-esteem-building event for young girls."

Ryan Gallegos and his daughter, Chloe, attended the Fairy Tale Ball for the first time last year, and they've marked their calendar for next month's event. For them, the Fairy Tale Ball was indeed a dream-come-true event.

Ryan, lead pastor at Central Church, and his wife, Mary, who's on the staff at Active Performance Physical Therapy, moved to Carroll last January from Indianapolis, Ind., with daughter Chloe and son Jireh, 8, a second-grader at Fairview Elementary School.

Ryan and Chloe, 10, a fourth-grader at Adams Elementary School, had attended several similar dad-daughter events in Indianapolis, where Ryan was an assistant pastor.

Ryan says, "When we moved here (Chloe) said, 'We're not going to get to go to a dad-daughter dance,' and then we found out that they have this one. And she thought it was way better than any one we'd ever been to. ...

"This one was mind-blowing. It was incredible - the food, the entertainment, the way it was organized, and the participation."

Recounting the good time Chloe had at last year's Fairy Tale Ball, Gallegos says, "She didn't let me sit down and breathe. We danced the entire time.

"She had so much fun, she came home and told her mom about it and just giggled all night."

So, Gallegos says of anticipation for this year, "We'll be going back and dancing like fools. But that's OK because it's a fun time with my daughter. I don't care what anybody says. I don't care how I look. I just care about what my little girl thinks."

For her part, Chloe says, "I like going because it's a lot of fun and I get to spend time with my Daddy. Spending time with my Daddy is the thing that makes me most happy, and when he dances like a crazy fool I know he loves spending time with me and that I am important to him."

Chloe says she particularly liked the "cool" decorations at the Ball and the introduction of each dad, granddad or uncle with their princesses.

"It was so much fun," she says, adding, "I loved that we danced the whole time and the music never stopped."

At this year's event, the girls and their dates will be able to dance to music by deejay Scott Masching (Time of Your Life deejay service), plus enjoy snacks and a story time by an older princess.

Masching will be playing a mix of popular tunes with a few Christian songs. Kjellberg describes the Christian songs a as upbeat tunes that kids like for dancing.

Indeed, there's an underlying spiritual purpose as well to the Fairy Tale Ball, Kjellberg says.

"We want girls to know it's not just earthly dads who think they're special but also knowing that God, too, thinks they're special."

Girls will receive a gift bag with a commemorative bracelet and Hershey Kisses candy plus the following Bible verse: "We know that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own."

Gallegos says of the importance of this kind of opportunity, "It's easy for dads to relate to their sons and take time to spend with them, but they may not realize how important a role model they need to be in their daughters' lives as well and how much the girls cherish time spent with their dads or grandpas."

Gallegos relates that Chloe is usually more sports-minded: "She's not really into dancing and things like that."

But she and her mom talked recently about Chloe getting a dress for the Ball.

He recounted, "I said, 'Chloe, you don't want to get a dress. You could just wear one of your Nike sweatshirts. And she said, 'Oh, no, Daddy. We dress up for this."

A portion of proceeds from the Ball will go to charity. Last year's went to an orphanage service in Haiti.

A Head of the Times is offering free hairstyles for princesses. Parents of the girls must be present.

Charlie's restaurant in the Carrollton Centre will be serving a buffet before each Ball on Feb. 2. Niceswanger Photography will provide photo service.

Supporters of the event include Carroll First Assembly, Niceswanger Photography, Hy-Vee, A Head of the Times, Carrollton Centre and Daily Times Herald.