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June 15, 2014

‘I love Dad’

‘#1 Dad’ mugs are made, not bought off the shelf

TERRE HAUTE — Tess Hankins took the upside down coffee mugs with splashes of blue, red and purple, out of the oven at the first Father’s Day event at Clabber Girl Sunday.

“A lot of the kids drew stuff like ‘#1 Dad’ or his favorite sports team,” said Hankins, a cook at Clabber Girl, as she looked at the mugs in the 350-degree oven. “One kid even drew a picture of her dad and her.”

Customizable burgers and grilled cheese were served to about 50 families with reservations, followed by a dessert that featured mugs of vanilla bean ice cream and Dad’s brand root beer so children and their dads could make root beer floats.

Mugs that kids could write on for their dads were found at a table by the dining room, where Hannah Williams, 7, sat writing messages like “I love dad” and “have a great Father’s Day.”

“It is great to be able to sit down and catch up with her,” said Chuck Williams while looking into the other room as Hannah drew two roses on each side of the mug.

After Hannah completed the mug, it was placed in an oven so the “permanent marker will stay forever.”

“It’ll go with other crafts she has made,” Chuck said.

Clabber Girl has changed the system in which it does events, said Megan Maxie, public relations specialist.

“We used to just hold a random event each month,” she said. “Now, we make events based around holiday themes. Bringing families together on holidays is easier.”

Sitting by the window was Mike Marietta with his children, Kenzee, 16, Max, 11 and Clabber Girl employee Hailay, 18.

Max said he made a themed mug that featured “#1 Dad,” Colts and Steelers decor.

“My daughter who works here invited me to come out, so I thought it’d be a great opportunity to bring the other kids,” Marietta said.

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