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Dad Joke Challenge highlights importance of fathers

WEST POINT — Two guys walk into a bar. The third one ducks.

This is an example of a dad joke, one of the many that Circle of Care is including in their first ever Dad Joke Challenge.

On Friday, several Circle of Care members set up a tent in West Point’s J. Smith Lanier II Park, handing out flyers and asking those passing by to give their best dad joke.

What defines a dad joke? They are described by Circle of Care as ‘cheesy, family friendly jokes that make dads laugh and kids groan.” Their reason for looking for the best one: to promote the value of fathers in the area.

“A lot of times, moms get a lot of press and obviously they deserve it, but dads kind of get pushed aside,” said Circle of Care Grant Consultant Michael Weiss. “We have a program called ‘Darn Good Dads’ and it teaches dads how to be dads. We just wanted to have a fun way to emphasize that and thought ‘why don’t we have a dad joke challenge?’”

Darn Good Dads is a collection of programs in Circle of Care that highlight the importance of fatherly roles in families, whatever those may be. The programs teach fathers how to take care of themselves, build relationships with their kids, become a better parent and build communication skills.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, Circle of Care decided to promote these programs by starting the Dad Joke Challenge.

They encourage everyone, but especially dads, to make a video or submit a text with their best, clean dad joke to dadjokechallenge.com, or on any social media platform with the hashtag #dadjokechallenge. Those looking for inspiration or a good laugh can go to the same website for joke videos, transcripts and more information on Darn Good Dads.

“It’s just kind of a fun way to highlight what dads do,” Weiss said.