Dress-up day

Princesses, pirates and superheroes thrill youngsters

No one seemed too interested in the stacks of golden pancakes or ice cold juice.

It’s a little hard to get excited about breakfast when Cinderella is sweeping through the ballroom.

The Junior Service League of Blount County’s first Princesses, Pirates and Pals Pancake Breakfast was not only a twice-over sell-out, it was a happily-ever-after success.

The ballroom at Royal Oaks Events Facility was filled with princesses, pirates and pixies. The Force was with them, too, along with superheroes from Batman to Captain America to Darth Vader. Young boys and girls could dance with Ariel, give Snow White sticky kisses, trade “aaurghs” with Captain Jack and cross light sabers with the Jedi knights. It was a magical morning of glitter and crowns and happy, happy children.

At the end of the second seating, Junior Service League members were tired, hot and very happy with their fund-raising effort. Final totals aren’t in yet, but the members are already anticipating the smiles on the faces of Blount County’s less fortunate when Christmas rolls around. The proceeds from the breakfast benefit JSL’s main charity: Toys for Blount County.

A quick conversation with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Batman and Captain America revealed there is still a little child inside most grown-ups. The adults were having as much fun as the children, proving, it seems, that you are never too old for a fairy tale morning.

Sponsors who helped underwrite the costs or provide services included U.S. Food Service, Huddle House, Cisco, Denso, Blount Today, Bristol and Bragg, Artistic Dance Unlimited, Chip Webb DDS, Clayton and Donnellson.

Toys for Blount County is a Christmas-time donation project, but members work all year to raise funds for the program. Last year the organization served 1,400 children in Blount County.

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