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Friday, October 11, 2013

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Jill Barton, children’s pastor of Rush Church, served as master of ceremonies and warmed up the children to start the Canfield Dairy Queen Pumpkin Hunt Sept. 28.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Children participating in the annual Canfield Dairy Queen Pumpkin Hunt searched through hay to find mini pumpkins and candy Sept. 28.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Taylor Griswold of Canfield was one of the lucky winners at the Canfield Dairy Queen’s annual Pumpkin Hunt Sept. 28. Griswold received a bucket full of Halloween toys and was at the hunt with her parents, Dave and DeAnna.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Taking advantage of a beautiful fall day, the Canfield Dairy Queen had its annual Pumpkin Hunt for children up to age 10 Sept. 28. Approximately 150 children searched through the hay to find mini pumpkins and candy which had been hidden by Dairy Queen staffers and volunteers from Rush Church.

The 525 mini pumpkins were numbered and when the children were done sifting through the straw, they were asked to check their pumpkins, as corresponding numbers were chosen at random for prizes such as Halloween-themed buckets and gift certificates for Dairy Queen treats, such as Dilly Bars, Buster Bars and ice cream cakes.

According to Canfield Dairy Queen owner Ron Rapp, the store has been hosting this event for the past 12 years.

“We have been doing this for 12 years and we always enjoy the support we receive from the community,” Rapp said.

Jill Barton, pastor of Rush Church, was master of ceremonies and warmed up the children before starting the hunt.

“Are you ready to be pumpkin hunters?” she asked the children. “Take as much hay home as you want. Just stuff your bags full of hay. It can be very helpful to any animals around your house.”

Barton then lead a countdown and the children were off into the hay piles. When the dust cleared, Barton pulled the winning numbers and helped the Dairy Queen staff hand out the prizes.

Rush Church provided the sound system and volunteers from the Kids Ministry helped hand out coupons and bags and also helped the Dairy Queen staff clean up the straw after the event.


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