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Great Marshmallow Drop, egg hunt return

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 24, 2015

 Marshmallows fly through the sky during the 2012 Great Marshmallow Drop at Catalpa Oaks County Park.

Marshmallows fly through the sky during the 2012 Great Marshmallow Drop at Catalpa Oaks County Park.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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SOUTHFIELD — In the springtime, it usually rains cats and dogs.

On April 3, it will rain marshmallows.

Children of all ages and their parents are invited to watch 15,000 marshmallows fall from the sky at 10 a.m. April 3 at Catalpa Oaks County Park in the Great Marshmallow Drop.

Melissa Nawrocki, event organizer at Oakland County Parks, said a helicopter will drop the marshmallows over the park. Children will be released in waves to collect marshmallows to exchange for prizes.

Prizes differ each year, Nawrocki said, but usually contain snacks and fun giveaways.

Nawrocki said the marshmallows are dropped from canvas mailbags aboard a Magnum helicopter. The confections are usually ordered from bulk food stores like Gordon Food Service.

“We can’t just go to Meijer and buy them by the bag,” Nawrocki said.

The children will be released by category to try to catch a marshmallow. The categories include kids ages 4 and younger, and individuals with disabilities, kids ages 5-7, and people 8 and older.

Parents who are running late and fear they might miss their child’s age group needn’t worry, Nawrocki said.

“If you’re running a little late, it doesn’t mean you can’t get in with the next age group,” she said. “We split them up so we don’t have a couple thousand kids running out all together.”

Event organizers are expecting anywhere from 5,000-7,000 people to attend the Great Marshmallow Drop.

After the clouds of marshmallows dissipate, children 14 and younger are invited to the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department’s EGG’stravaganza 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 4 at the Southfield Pavillion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Special events programmer Janet Husaynu said the egg-centered event is a tradition in the area and has been going for at least 25 years.

Activities at the event will include a petting farm, an obstacle course, themed games and activities, a moonwalk, face painting, a Lego demonstration, hands-on activities, a prize station and Miniature Motorways, which features  a slot car racing game. 

Husayanu said she expects a big turnout, as the 2014 event drew about 1,500 people.

“It’s always a fabulous, fabulous turnout,” Husaynu said. “There’s nothing better than having a group of people that want to be there.”

Food and some additional craft activities will be available for an extra cost.

All children at the event must be accompanied by an adult, event organizers said.

To attend the event at a discounted rate of $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents, registration must be completed in person by March 31 at the Southfield Parks and Recreation Building, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Tickets purchased April 1-4 cost $8 for  residents and $10 for nonresidents. Adults attend for free. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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