FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The year's first Girls Night Out, hosted by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, went off without a hitch Jan. 20 when ladies got to mingle, dance the night away, browse vendors and win prizes, but for many ladies, it was the chance to get out and have some girl time that set the tone for the evening.

"I just like to get out with my friends and have a good time," said Taneshia Chancy, military spouse. "When we get together like this, we don't have to worry about our husbands or our kids -- it's all about time with each other, and that's what I love."

Aida Stallings, DFMWR community recreation division business manager, said that's the whole point of the event -- to provide an environment where ladies can let loose and have fun.

"This is a fun event where people get to get out with just their girlfriends and shop, eat, get pampered and leave with some really nice things," she said. "It's a great event for ladies to have a good time and shop the latest trends, and we always have great giveaways with great music and dancing -- everyone just has a good time."

Throughout the night ladies were treated to giveaways and door prizes, including gift certificates and handbags, and even had the chance to participate in a fanciest hat contest. There were a host of different local business and programs that showcased their goods and services, including photographers, spas, medical services, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics and more.

For Sara and Susan Johnson, sisters from Enterprise, they make it a point to come to the event every time it comes around.

"It really is one of my favorite things to come to," said Susan. "There aren't too many places you can go where they have this much going on for just us women.

"This is a night where we can just come out and be ourselves with other like-minded people, so I just love it when it comes around," she said. "It's become a kind of tradition for me and my sister."

Sara said the highlight of her evening is always when the ladies get the chance to hit the dance floor and "let loose."

"I love to dance at home by myself, but I love it when all the ladies get to dance together here because there is no pressure," she said. "You can just let loose and have a good time, and that's what we always try to do."