The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 13, 2013

Candy cane hunt may take different shape this year

JOPLIN, Mo. — Kids will get a chance to search out candy canes in one of the area's final events of the 2013 Christmas season.

The sixth annual Winter Wonderland Candy Cane Hunt will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Joplin Athletic Complex, located at Schifferdecker Park.

Snow on the ground may change the event a little bit, said Paul Bloomberg, recreation supervisor for the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department. Events such as a coloring contest and hot chocolate will still be held as normal.

"Because there is snow on the ground, we're hoping that snow will melt off the tennis courts, then we can have the hunt there," Bloomberg said. "If not, we'll have to figure out something indoors."

The event is similar to an Easter egg hunt. Candy canes are spread out, then kids in different age groups are given the chance to haul in as many as they can. Special colored canes can be redeemed for prizes.

Because kids end up with a lot of candy canes, parents are given a cookbook featuring recipes for all that minty sugar, Bloomberg said.

The department will host its final Christmas activity for kids on Dec. 21 with a session of frozen turkey bowling.

Details: 417-625-4750.

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