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Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

Holyoke Happenings summer courses have pulled in 45 participants so far, with two more courses still scheduled for August.

Sponsored by CSU Extension Phillips County Office and the Phillips County Family Education Services, a number of classes were offered beginning in May. Of those offered, CSU Extension agent Tracy Trumper said cake decorating had the most attendees.

“Cake decorating is always huge,” Trumper said. “They love to go to Heidi’s Coffee and Bake Shop, be in her kitchen and learn how to decorate cakes.”

The cake decorating course was held in June with 21 people taking part. The youth division of the course accounted for 15 participants.

Beginning rocketry, fun with water and decorate your duds were also well-attended, averaging 5-8 participants in each course.

Remington Hielscher, pictured at left, launches his rocket while
Gehrig Thompson, Cooper Goldenstein and Dylan Hielscher excitedly
wait for their turn Thursday, July 17, at the Phillips County
Fairgrounds.  —Enterprise photo

While some courses flourished, a few had to be canceled due to low numbers. Those canceled include community garden, frisbee golf team, mom & tots in the kitchen and kids’ culinary camp. Trumper said participation was down a bit this year, in part possibly due to the fact that guides went out later than normal. She noted that scheduling conflicts during the busy summer months may have also played a role.

“We like to have so much because we think it is valuable for kids to be able to have time to try to learn new things over the summertime to keep them active,” Trumper said.

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Holyoke Enterprise July 24, 2014