Avery Case, 5, samples one of the cookies she chose at the 11th Annual Melita Day Cookie Walk Saturday morning. Case who attended the event with her sister, cousins mother and grandmother said she really liked all of the cookies. The family tries to attend the event each year. Proceeds from the cookie walk are donated to the Melita Day Child Development Center located on the State Fair Community College Campus.
A plate of sugar cookies is ready for customers at the Melita Day Cookie Walk in the Parkhurst Commons in the Stauffacher Center for the Performing Arts at State Fair Community College. Board members prepared 400 pounds of cookies for the event which benefits the Melita Day Child Development Center. As one of fundraisers for the organization, event organizer Alecia Farkas said the members were hoping to raise $3,500 at Saturday’s cookie walk.
Kimberly Crews, left, holds the boxes of cookies that she and her son Jordan Crews had selected at the cookie walk to benefit Melita Day. Jordan, a fifth grade students at the Sedalia Middle School said he especially liked the sugar cookies and had selected several that were decorated to represent Missouri sporting teams including the Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.
Melita Day Child Development Center Board member Julie Mateja carefully places more cookies on a plate at the organizations 11th Annual Cookie Walk early Saturday morning. Board members said they had larger crowds early for the event. The group sold out of their naked cookie kits containing a dozen sugar cookies that came with a container of butter cream frosting and decorations so individuals could decorate the cookies with their families. Last year the group prepared 10 kits, increasing the number to 22 this year. Organizers said they planned to make several more of the popular kits for the event next year.
Conner Wilson carefully looks over some of the cookies available to purchase before making his selections. Wilson who said he comes every year was especially interested in the peanut butter bars and the Oreo truffles this year. The annual event allows patrons to selected cookies from dozens of varieties made by members of the Melita Day Care board, their friends and family members.
Alle case chooses her cookies after discussing her strategy for her selection with her family including her cousins Nick Nimmo and Jackson Nimmo and her little sister Avery. Each of the four was given a box to chose the cookies that they liked best. The annual fundraiser has become a holiday tradition for many area families to attend before going to the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade which is scheduled for the same Saturday each December.
Eleanor Allerola, 4 glances at her aunt Bobby Simon, while waiting for her aunt to pay for the cookies the two had chosen at the 11th Annual Melita Day Cookie Walk Saturday morning held in the Parkhurst Commons at State Fair Community College. Allerola, from Kansas City, was spending the day with her aunt in Sedalia. The young girl said she really liked chocolate chip cookies but her favorite cookie this year was a sugar cookie decorated to represent the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.