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Adult Prom looks to bring back -- and make -- memories

WORTHINGTON -- Who said prom is just for teenagers? The Worthington Event Center will soon host an Adult Prom, which promises to bring good memories back and help make new ones. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb.18 at the Worthington Event Center...

WORTHINGTON -  Who said prom is just for teenagers?

The Worthington Event Center will soon host an Adult Prom, which promises to bring good memories back and help make new ones. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb.18 at the Worthington Event Center.

Maddy Westra, director of sales at Worthington Event Center, said this is the first time the Worthington Event Center is organizing an adult prom. She’s excited to help coordinate an event that can be enjoyed by all generations.

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“We want people to walk in and really have that feeling of, ‘yeah, this feels like prom,”’ Westra said.

She said the event could be a great Valentine’s Day gift or just a time to enjoy with friends. Whether attendees bring their high school sweetheart or just a handful of friends, they are not required to wear formal attire - they just need to be willing to have fun.

“It’s a night out on the town, you can dress up with an old prom dress … or just a dress that you have in the back of your closet,” Westra said. “For guys, they can wear a tuxedo, a suit or even a pair of jeans and a shirt. It’s really up to whoever attends.”

DJ Jayden Thomas Entertainment will be providing a wide variety of music, from 1980s songs to modern hits. The tickets include light appetizers from Hickory Lodge, which will be served at 10 p.m., and there will also be a cash bar.

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Westra said people interested in attending the event can pick up their free tickets at the Comfort Suites front desk or by emailing adultprom17@outlook.com . She added that almost 300 tickets have been sold so far, with buyers’ ages ranging from the early 20s to elderly.

“The main goal of this event is to bring together multiple generations and demographics into one place during one evening and offer them an atmosphere that is fun and inviting and to make new memories together,” Westra said.

Westra said she normally hears young people looking for fun activities outside of town - in cities like Sioux Falls, S.D., or Mankato - but this is their chance to attend a local event and have a great time.

“Now this is an opportunity for them to do something fun here in town,” Westra said. “I think it’s really important for the young people to support it, because I feel that the reason why there is not much stuff to do is because when there used to be, young people wouldn’t support it.”

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Although the event has had a great response from the public, Westra said she’s really looking forward to the comments of people after the event.

“In order to classify it as a success, I wouldn't say it’s giving out so many tickets, but a success would be hearing from people that they really enjoy it and they hope that we do it again,” Westra said.

Attendees are encouraged to drink responsibly and book a room at the Comfort Suites or have a designated driver. Special rates are being offered for Adult Prom attendees.

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