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Candy falls from sky at Malta event

Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:35 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 12:54 p.m. CST
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(Jessi Haish - jhaish@shawmedia.com)
Matt Anderson, of Malta, tosses candy to children from the extension on a tractor Sunday at Malta Lions Park. The event, the Amazing Anderson's Sky High Candy Drop, was held for the first time this year. Vendors, games and free candy were available at the community event.
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(Jessi Haish - jhaish@shawmedia.com)
Children reach for candy that was tossed from a bucket at the end of a tractor Sunday at Malta Lions Park. The event, the Amazing Anderson's Sky High Candy Drop, was held for the first time this year. Vendors, games and free candy were available at the community event.
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(Jessi Haish - jhaish@shawmedia.com)
Laura Hart, 9, of Rochelle gets a heart painted on her face Sunday at Malta Lions Park. The event, the Amazing Anderson's Sky High Candy Drop, was held for the first time this year. Vendors, games and free candy were available at the community event.
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Cole Polley, 4, of DeKalb, tries a Malta Fire Department obstacle course Sunday at Malta Lions Park. The event, the Amazing Anderson's Sky High Candy Drop, was held for the first time this year. Vendors, games and free candy were available at the community event. Photo by Jessi Haish

MALTA – Cheers and screams could be heard Sunday as candy fell from the sky in Malta.

The first Amazing Anderson's Sky High Candy Drop was held at the Lions Park in Malta Sunday, a free event for the community put together by Malta residents Annika and Matt Anderson, who hoped to provide a fun family day for their community.

Matt Anderson tossed candy from the bucket at the end of a tractor extension to children and adults below at the park, who held out their hands, buckets and bags. Most of the candy, which came in eight large boxes, was donated by Nestle.

"It was great, I loved it," Matt Anderson said. "It was great when we could get the kids to cheer. It's just something we hope was fun for the families. We were thinking there are plenty of ways to give out candy, so we just wanted to think outside the box."

Annika Anderson said at least a few thousand people attended Sunday, as they gave away a thousand child tickets within a couple hours into the event. That number didn't count the adults that came with them. The number of people walking the park exceeded Annika Anderson's expectations.

"I will definitely do this again as long as everyone's having fun," Annika Anderson said.

Annika Anderson spent three months planning the event, which was originally supposed to be at the Anderson family farm in Malta. However, as the date of the event loomed closer and word spread of the event, Annika Anderson was told by the county that so many cars could not be parked around and on the property, so they moved the event to the park.

They also originally planned to toss candy from a plane that would fly over the event, but it was not allowed to fly over the city, Annika Anderson said.

"It's actually been a blessing," Annika Anderson said. "It's been so much better out here. We've had so many people come out."

Almost 30 vendors had booths out at the park, and the Malta Fire Department had a fire truck and ambulance available for kids to climb. Diaper derbys and cookie walks also were held throughout the afternoon.

"I just had a baby six months ago and I'm much more family-oriented now," Annika Anderson said. "I just thought it'd be great to do something fun for the families to come and enjoy."

Lorelei Wilson, 6, of Malta enjoyed using a bucket to catch candy that fell from the tractor. Her father, Trevor Wilson, said he would definitely come back if the event is held again.

"It's a nice, quiet community here," Wilson said. "It was a fun event and it's always nice to get free candy."

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