Annual Marshmallow Drop kicks off Wayne County’s special event season

Photo courtesy of Wayne County Parks Easter Bunny and crowd – The Easter Bunny greets the crowd waiting for the big drop.

Photo courtesy of Wayne County Parks
Easter Bunny and crowd – The Easter Bunny greets the crowd waiting for the big drop.

More than 20,000 Marshmallows will flood the sky at two separate events Wayne County Parks and the Easter Bunny will kick off the 2017 special events season April 14 with its 33rd annual Marshmallow Drop at Elizabeth Park at 9 a.m. in Trenton and at 11 a.m. at Nankin Mills in Westland. Thousands of children will gather to await a helicopter loaded with more than 20,000 marshmallows. As the marshmallows drop, children will race to collect as many as possible before trading them in for a prize. Children can also search for a special colored egg dropped among the marshmallows which can be redeemed for a prize. Children will be separated in three age categories, 4 years old and younger, 5 to 7, and 8 years and older. Although the marshmallows are fluffy and tempting to eat, they should not be consumed; they should be exchanged for a treat. New this year will be a selfie section at each park where families can take a photo using the hashtag #ItsRainingMarshmallows to post on their favorite social media site. The events are free and are an opportunity for the entire family to get out and have fun. “Our team works hard to make the Marshmallow Drops special for our visitors,” said Beverly Watts, director of the Department of Public Services. “This year we hope that families not only enjoy themselves, but we also hope that they will share their excitement by posting photos on social media using the hashtag ItsRainingMarshmallows.” Elizabeth Park is at 4250 Elizabeth Drive, and Nankin Mills is at 33175 Ann Arbor Trail. For more information about Wayne County Parks, call 734-261-1990 or go to www.parks.waynecounty.com.