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By Beka Compton
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Night out at the Sock Hop

Like a scene from Grease, the weekend's Sock Hop was well attended by father-daughter duos who danced until they dropped.


February 6, 2020

Beka Compton

The Waitsburg Home and School Association hosted a Daddy Daughter Sock Hop over the weekend. The Hula Hoop Contest had some pretty stiff competition... at least from the daughters! The finalists had to move around, clap, and dance as the competition advanced.

The Waitsburg Elementary School multipurpose room has seen many transformations, and this weekend, it transformed into a 50s style diner, complete with vinyl records and milkshakes, for the Home and School Association's Daddy Daughter Sock Hop.

The girls arrived all looking like they were straight out of Grease, with poodle skirts that flared up with a twirl, silk scarves, and saddle shoes. The dads, guardians, and father figures wore everything from the classic white t-shirts paired with rolled black pants, to cuffed khaki pants and varsity jackets.

Walla Walla DJ David Long provided plenty of tunes for the guests to twist the night away, mixing classic sock hop music with recent hits. A photo booth was also available for everyone who attended. DJ Long made it a point to sneak away and dance with his daughter throughout the night, while his wife, Naomi, helped out with the pictures.

Midway through the dance, the dancing stopped and everyone gathered around for a hula hoop contest. Dads and daughters teamed up to try and win a gift basket that included soda in a glass bottle, candy, and a gift certificate to Elk Drug's soda fountain. Ryleigh Cosby and Justin Klein swept the competition, thanks to Ryleigh's superb hula hooping skills. She was able to walk, clap and hula hoop all at the same time!

The event was an overall success. The music was great, the homemade treats were a hit, and the decorations were to die for. Like Dean Martin once sang, 'memories are made of this,' and the HASA did a wonderful job hosting a memorable sock hop.


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