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'I feel like I'm in high school again'

People held out their phones getting a quick photo of themselves and their dates -- all dressed to the nines for prom. But this wasn't a normal prom, it was an adult prom. Dickinson's first adult prom was held on Saturday with more than 220 ticke...

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Lisa Cassarly and Jame Krank attend the first Dickinson Adult Prom on Saturday at the Grand Dakota lodge. Press photo by Kalsey Stults.

People held out their phones getting a quick photo of themselves and their dates -- all dressed to the nines for prom.

But this wasn't a normal prom, it was an adult prom.

Dickinson’s first adult prom was held on Saturday with more than 220 tickets sold to adults wanting to dance the night away in prom attire.

Kimberly King, owner of J. Marie, a formal wear store in downtown Dickinson, is the mastermind behind the trendy adult prom being initiated into Dickinson.

J. Marie opened its doors in January and specializes in bridal gowns, bridal party dresses, prom dresses, accessories and other formal dresses.

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King said she had mothers bringing their daughters in for prom dress shopping saying they wanted an event they too could be a part of.

“I kept having mothers come in with their daughters saying, ‘Oh, I wish I could go to prom again,’ or ‘I wish I had somewhere I could dress up like this.’”

So with only three months under her belt as a new business owner, she decided to jump into planning a community-wide event.

“It’s always scary starting those new things, but it has always kind of panned out for me I guess,” she said. “I have no problem taking risks in life because if you don’t, you’re not going to get anywhere. I have to keep pushing myself.”

King also had support from the community with about 25 local businesses sponsoring the event or helping during the event.

A red carpet welcomed the party-goers with local photographers acting as the “paparazzi” and interviews from the local radio stations.

“I really wanted to make it feel like a red carpet,” she said.

Martie Kenitzer, owner of Tied in a Bow Photography, was on the red carpet snapping photos of the prom-goers as they walked into the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge.

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“I think everybody needs an excuse to dress up,” Kenitzer said.

Lisa Cassarly never had a chance to go to her senior prom, so she was happy for second chance.

“I feel like I’m in high school again,” she said with a chuckle.

Cassarly and her date went to have photos taken at her date’s mother’s house before the big night.

Her dress was handmade by her friend King. Cassarly said it was important for her to be there to support her friend on Saturday night.

“I’m very happy for her,” she said. “I know she’s stressed but I think she’s going to be happy with the outcome.”

Bryce Tessmer, manager of Tradehome, said he is excited to take his fiancee to their first prom together.

“I guess I’m kind of excited because I’m 27, my fiancee is 25 and we didn’t meet in high school, we met later on in life, and it’s kind of like taking my high school sweetheart to prom,” he said. “That’s kind of a cool thing.”

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King said it’s a night for people to have fun and forget their worries.

“Just kind of release some of that tension that everybody has been feeling recently with the way the economy has gone,” she said. “I just think so many people have so much pressure and now it’s getting nice out and, you know, we just need a fun time out, and decompress and move forward.”

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