Four-year-old Cole Hoehns waited at the edge of the field Saturday at Clover Dell Park as a small airplane swooped low overhead, releasing a flurry of some 6,000 pingpong balls.
With the blast from an air horn, Hoehns, of Smithton, and about 100 other area youth made a mad dash across the field in an attempt to find 30 green balls — a valuable prize that earned those lucky enough to find them a book of 10 free passes to Centennial and Liberty Park pools this summer as part of the second annual Sedalia Parks and Recreation Snowball Drop.
Amy Epple, recreation supervisor for Parks and Recreation, said the event is one of her favorite programs.
“I did this one for years in Warrensburg and brought it with me when I came on the job in Sedalia. The kids really seem to enjoy it and it is such a beautiful day,” Epple said.
Hoehns was joined by his parents, Misty and Cory, and sisters Morgan, 10, and Mallory, 7.
Misty said her son was excited for the event, and laughed as she watched him run to the far end of the field.
“For all our preparation, I think he got excited and just started running and forgot what to do,” Misty said.
Misty said she and her family try to come to Sedalia for similar events and were looking forward to the drop this year.
“We came early and had a picnic. We try and come up for things as much as we can. It’s just a beautiful day and it’s good to get to be outside. I think it’s great that they have this for the kids,” Misty said.
Mallory drew the lucky card and took home a book of passes to the pool. She said the drop was exciting and she “had a lot of fun.”
“I liked it and I will like getting to go to the pool every day. That was awesome,” Mallory said.