Daddy-daughter dance created to fund Pine River-Backus students' Twins game trip

Ties and Tiaras event for girls ages 12 and younger and their male role model is March 4

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Pine River-Backus will be holding a Daddy Daughter dance called Ties and Tiaras on Friday, March 4, 2022.
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PINE RIVER — Pine River-Backus School will host an event celebrating the special relationship between fathers and their daughters on Friday, March 4, when girls 12 and younger may come with their fathers to dance and participate in a small scattering of carnival-like activities.

"As far as I know, Pine River-Backus hasn't had any sort of father-daughter event," said fifth grade language arts teacher Leah Freeman. "So as I was thinking of ways to raise money for the fifth grade field trip to the Twins game, I kind of came up with this event."

Everybody is invited 12 and younger with dad, uncle, grandpa, a friend or whatever male role model they have in their life.
Leah Freeman

Freeman is calling it "Ties and Tiaras" and said the idea first came up in 2020. It was partially inspired by her two daughters.

"They love time with their dad," Freeman said.

Of course, the pandemic got in the way. There was no dance and there was no Twins trip. Now she's trying again. The event is meant to help make the annual trip to the Twins baseball game more affordable.


"Buses are expensive and the game is expensive to get into," Freeman said. "This seemed like something we could handle. Something that might be kind of fun. Something new to Pine River-Backus."

The dance will be $15 per couple, plus another $5 for each additional "little princess," as Freeman called them. Ticket sales will end Feb. 25 to allow for planning.

The event isn't just limited to PR-B students.

"Everybody is invited 12 and younger with dad, uncle, grandpa, a friend or whatever male role model they have in their life," Freeman said.

The Pine River Bakery will donate cookies to the event that Freeman and an army of fifth grade parent volunteers will run. The event will feature more than dancing.

"We'll have face painting, tattoos, light refreshments," Freeman said. "We have cute little photo booths that we're going to set up and a dance floor. I have made corsages for dads to give their princesses."

The Twins game is May 25 against the Detroit Tigers.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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