The games began with the national anthem sung by Kelly Clarkson herself.
But unfortunately for the 80 or so Quail Run School Girl Scouts attending this year’s father-daughter “Olympics” on Sunday, Clarkson was unable to make it in person. So, a recorded version of the song had to do. And judging from the laughter that filled the building the rest of the day, being with Dad was more than enough to make up for the pop star’s absence.
The annual father-daughter event started as a dance four years ago, said Laine Delfelder, coordinator of the Quail Run Girl Scouts. While the troop hosts several events throughout the year, Delfelder said father-daughter day is the “big” one.
“They absolutely love it,” she said.
Delfelder said the event gives girls a day to enjoy time with their dads. Every year the event has a different theme, and this year’s was inspired by the upcoming Summer Olympics in London.
The local competition at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., featured five events: basketball, soccer, a ribbon run, a bean-bag shot put and the scream-inducing scooter race, in which dads pushed their daughters on a scooter, then turned around and jumped on the scooter to be pushed back to the finish line.
Reid Bork and his daughter Caroline, 7, had a successful outing on the course, winning two races in a row.
“It’s fun to go out and do stuff with my daughter,” Bork said. “She’s been looking forward to this all week.”
Gavin Young and his daughter Ella, 9, suffered some mechanical issues, which Ella playfully attributed to Dad. Despite the bad luck, they said they were having a great time.
“I came out because I think there should be more of these (events),” Young said. “It’s a great way to spend a Sunday.”
Over at the shot put, Lili Jackson-Rosen, 9, was having a blast chucking bean bags into the bull’s-eye with her dad, Paul. Afterward, she caught back up with friends Alexandria Brown, 9, and Emily Zeller, 9.
“I like having fun with my friends and dad,” Brown said.
“And doing a lot of fun stuff and being crazy,” Jackson-Rosen added.