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Annual ‘Candy Cane Hunt’ held at Chautauqua Park

Hastings Parks and Recreation invited kids 10 years and under to line up at the start line, and...
Hastings Parks and Recreation invited kids 10 years and under to line up at the start line, and when they announced it was time to start, it was a race to see who could get the most candy canes and the special ones.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 6:27 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Kids loaded up on a favorite holiday treat over at Chautauqua park Saturday afternoon. It was all a part of the annual ‘Candy Cane Hunt’ where Hastings Parks and Recreation invited kids 10 years and under to line up at the start line and when they announced it was time to start, it was a race to see who could get the most candy canes and the special ones.

Hastings Recreation Coordinator, Tatum Bartels said there were a variety of candy canes scattered on the park grounds, but there were certain ones that the kids looked for.

“We hide about some small candy canes and big candy canes, and then there’s big candy canes that have a ribbon tied on them and the kids that find those get a big prize at the end,” Bartels said.

Kids were able to win prizes that included more tasty holiday sweets for them to snack on over the weekend.

Bartels said there were around 50 participants in the hunt this year.

“It’s just so much fun to watch them run from the starting line right when we say go and start picking up candy canes and they’re always so excited, even if it’s a small candy cane, let alone when they find a big candy cane, they’re always super excited to run back and get their big prize,” she said.

She continued, they planned to continue the candy cane hunt for years to come.

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