Snow White, or Laura Grace Smedley, poses with little princesses at the Calera Library Fairy Tale Ball March 2. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)
Snow White, or Laura Grace Smedley, poses with little princesses at the Calera Library Fairy Tale Ball March 2. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

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Fairy tales come to life in Calera

Published 1:59pm Monday, March 4, 2013

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

CALERA – Little princesses watched in speechless awe as their favorite fairy tale princesses came to life during the annual Roy Downs Memorial Calera Library Fairy Tale Ball March 2.

This year, the ball offered two separate events, one for preschool children to meet storybook characters in the afternoon and a second event for all ages from 6-8 p.m.

Little princesses watch as their favorite Disney princesses and characters dance. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)
Little princesses watch as their favorite Disney princesses and characters dance. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

The Friends of the Calera Library and a cast of colorful volunteers worked to make the event a success.

“It’s been really exciting to have two different events,” Library Director Janet Greathouse said between story tellings. “The first event was good because the little ones could see all of the princesses and interact with the characters.”

Bagpiper Dallas Key and Merida from Brave, or Chelsea Vonbartheld, perform at the Fairy Tale Ball. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)
Bagpiper Dallas Key and Merida from Brave, or Chelsea Vonbartheld, perform at the Fairy Tale Ball. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

Greathouse said more than 300 kids attended from across the state.

As the characters and kids danced to the “Cha-Cha Slide,” parents, who were also dressed as fairy tale creatures, videoed, took pictures and clapped along.

Library Director Janet Greathouse reads a story. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)
Library Director Janet Greathouse reads a story. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

Emma Krueger braided extra blond hair into her long braid to become Rapunzel for the evening.

“I did it two years ago, and had a lot of fun last time,” Krueger said. “I love seeing little kids seeing their favorite characters.”

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