The final Maranda Park Party of 2014

BATTLE CREEK, Mich (WOTV) Thousands turned out for the final Maranda Park Party of the summer at Northwestern Middle School in Battle Creek. 7,300 people turned out, making it the second largest Maranda Park Party in Battle Creek. This is the third year Battle Creek Public Schools has hosted a Maranda Park Party. Superintendent Dr. Linda Hicks says the party brings a lot of excitement, with thousands of people expected to come out for free food, games, and prizes. The event also services as a “welcome back” for students, with all 13 Battle Creek Public Schools represented.

Thousands of kids and families gathered for a day full of free family fun, food, games, prizes, and more! Maranda and friends partnered to bring slides, dixie twisters, ziplines, and activities for kids of all ages to enjoy.

The Battle Creek Police Department says Maranda Park Parties are an opportunity to celebrate the community. They brought out their emergency response team, K9 unit, and bomb unit. Kids also got a chance to stop by and say hello and see the equipment police use.

Maranda was even presented a key to the City of Battle Creek.

20 years of Maranda Park Parties – by the numbers:

1,825,000 fresh pieces of Michigan fruits & veggies courtesy of Meijer

1,702,500 bottles of Ice Mountain water

1,000,000 kids through the ESCAPE Fire Safety Smoke Trailer

530,000 Park Party participants

366,800 ice cream sandwiches- courtesy of Country Fresh

350,000 giveaways including McDonald’s® apple slices, Minute Maid® apple juices, variety of food and beverage guest cards, bracelets, wristbands, flying discs, and kids’ activity books.

265,000 bags of Cheez Kurls

190,000 free lunches- courtesy of USDA, MDE & local school districts

132,000 backpacks- courtesy of Priority Health

63,000 free go-kart ride passes- courtesy of Craig’s Cruisers

15,000 slides on the Super Slide- courtesy of Fifth Third Bank

15,000 prizes given away on stage

13,500 milk mustaches- courtesy of UDIM

9,250 climbers on the rock wall- courtesy of Ferris State University

6,100 kids performed live on the Park Party stage

3,067 handprints collected to help fight Global Childhood Malnutrition with Amway.

2,500 birthday balloons- courtesy of WOOD TV8 & WOTV 4 Women

2,500 mini birthday cupcakes- courtesy of Meijer

125 Park Parties (rain or shine)

0 Park Parties cancelled

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