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Tuesday May 24th, 2011

Posted at 10:15am

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With the sun shining outside, a Stilt Guy invites all to the Block Party  inside. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

With the sun shining outside, a Stilt Guy invites all to the Block Party inside. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

Although children had been chattering excitedly, they soon stopped in silent anticipation.

Following the stiff hit of a baseball bat, organized chaos erupted: After about a dozen before him, someone finally busted the piñata at Candy Orbit’s Block Party. Forming a mob behind the building, kids were more than ready for a sugar fix as sweets spilt to the ground.

Karissa Setchell gets a rainbow on her cheek for free thanks to Lori Perryman's face-painting. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

Stilt guy explains the piñata rules to Candy Orbit's eager crowd. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

Greeting people of all-ages, the popular candy store (1520 Wyandotte St. e) hosted activities from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. A DJ provided in-store music and kept people up-to-date on what was next at the busy event, which kicked off with author of Grasshoppers On My Shoulder, Natalie Montcalm’s meet-and-greet. Face painting was offered inside and the previously mentioned piñata met its demise at 1:30, As Stilt Guys hosted the proceedings.

Candy Orbit's Block Party attracted a lot of visitors, including a Candy Orbit astronaut. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

In addition to pop rocks, pez, twizzler, biggest bubble, chubby bunny and candy toss competitions, many performances were also held. A magic show began at 2:00 and D.Rens, Smyth The Kid, Jay Braaks and Lil’ Funk kept attendees entertained throughout the day.

Children young and old came to the Block Party, which ran from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

“The girls had a blast,” said Mary-Helen Clark-MacKinnon, attending the event with her daughters Sydney (9), Addison (4) and Hadley (1). “The activities were appropriate for any age group & the staff made it a fun day for everyone …because we live close by, we go in there alot & the staff knows each girl’s name & favorite treat. They make them feel welcome every visit.”

Sugar pops are just one of the types of candy you'll find at Candy Orbit. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

Colorful murals provided a fun background for a table of plates awaiting BBQ food and treats. (Photo by: Jeannete Catherine)

Showing off their new selection of ice cream, Candy Orbit’s business was booming during the Block Party. Customers filled the Walkerville store, browsing through a selection of Willy Wonka candies, chocolate bars, retro treats and a lip-puckering sour section. It was definitely an experience that can’t be offered anywhere else in the area.

For more information on Candy Orbit’s large candy selection and store hours, those with a sweet tooth can visit their website or facebook page.

Many kids got a chance to crack open the stuffed-guitar piñata at Candy Orbit's block party. (Photo by: Jan Catherine)

 

Once the piñata broke open, happy children rushed to claim some candy. (Photo by: Jeannette Catherine)

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