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Youngsters Dress to Impress for Fun at The Royal Snowflake Ball

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Young people throughout the Ohio Valley and their families are invited to come celebrate winter in style at the 2020 Royal Family Snowflake Ball.

Presented by the St. C. Singers, the annual winter family dance will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. There will be music, refreshments, activities and fun for the whole family.

This community event has been a popular mid-winter tradition in the area for many years. The Snowflake Ball not only offers families with children (from pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade) a great opportunity to spend a fun evening out together, but also serves an important fundraiser for St. Clairsville High School’s award-winning show choir, the St. C. Singers.

Originally presented as a father-daughter dance known as the Snowflake Princess Ball, the event has evolved over the years into an extravaganza designed to get the entire family involved with shaking off the winter blues. Girls and boys up to the early middle school grades enjoy getting an opportunity to dress up, dance and mingle with members of the St. C. Singers, who will be on hand during the event.

Carrie Russell of the St. Clairsville Vocal Music Boosters, chairwoman of the Royal Snowflake Ball, emphasized the fact that everyone in the Ohio Valley — not just students from St. Clairsville — is invited to the ball.

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

“We actually sent invitations out to other schools this year,” Russell said. “The kids get really excited about it. Some girls even look forward to getting their hair and makeup done. What other event gives younger kids a chance to do that –especially in the wintertime when there’s really not a lot for them to do? This gives the whole family a chance to get out and have fun together.”

Most children who have attended the Snowflake Ball in the past seem to look forward to getting all dressed up for the event. Children and parents alike are encouraged to do so, but formal attire is only suggested — just for fun — and is not required.

“We encourage everyone to come in their best attire, show off their best dance moves, see old friends and meet new ones, too.

Former St. C. Singers drummer Seth Richards — known as DJ Warning when dropping beats behind the turntables — once again will provide music for dancing.

Professional photo portraits by Tamara Gregg Photography will be available for purchase. Flowers also can be purchased during the dance, and there will be plenty of donated raffle prizes available, as well.

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

At the end of the night, a prince and princess will be crowned.

Young people in attendance always look forward to the smorgasbord of sweet treats from the the extravagant candy table and baked goods buffet– a popular attraction that’s included in the price of admission.

The cafetorium will be decorated in royal winter decor, and the St. C. Singers will be escorting guests as they arrive and helping to encourage youngsters to get on the dance floor and let loose. Admission will be accepted at the door, and one specified donation covers admission for the entire family. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the 2020 Royal Snowflake Ball, email carrie-russell@att.net.

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

Students from the Ohio Valley who are in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. (File Photos by Eric Ayres)

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