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Weighing in on Father's Day

By ALLISON MILES
June 19, 2010 at 1:19 a.m.

DANIELLE SMITH

FACTS ABOUT FATHER'S DAY:

There are about 67.8 million fathers across the United States.

The average person will spend $94.32 on Father's Day this year.

Nationwide, Father's Day spending is expected to reach $9.8 billion.

Spokane, Wash. resident Sonora Dodd proposed the idea of Father's Day in 1909 but the first presidential proclamation didn't go out until 1966.

The holiday has been celebrated annually since 1972.

Source: National Retail Federation website, United States Census Bureau website, USA.gov

Mom got her day in May and kids - well, they get their day all the time.

But, on Sunday, it's time to pay homage to the man of the house, the guy always there with a shoulder for support, a football to toss and a corny joke to tell. In other words, it's Father's Day.

And, here, kids explain what they like most about their dads, while fathers discuss what they enjoy most about parenthood.

Q: What do you like most about your dad?

A: We play with building blocks. I like to build Eiffel Towers.

-Danielle Smith, 5, Bloomington

A: He likes kids.

- Aiden Martinez, 3, Victoria

A: He takes me hunting for deer and ducks. I like spending time with him.

- Joey Wiggins, 12, Montgomery

Q: What do you like most about being a dad?

A: I like being at the park with my kids, making sure they have a good time. I think my favorite thing is just spending time with them.

-Rudy Cantu, 30, Victoria, father of three

A: I enjoy raising them, trying to teach them the right ways. I just love my kids.

-Martin Sanchez, 43, Edna, father of six

A: Going on vacation with the family. My kids are 4 and 6 and are getting to the age where they can run around. I love taking them to the beach.

-Kyle Henry, 28, Gillette, father of two

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