Candy raining from the sky is no longer just a dream for the children of Honey Brook – weather permitting, a real life candy drop will be featured in the borough park on Harmony Day.
“It’s going to be very, very exciting for the children of Honey Brook,” Janet Heinis, Chairwoman of Harmony Day, said. “They should make sure they’re at the park by quarter of 12 and line up behind the yellow tape.”
The drop is set to happen at noon. Honey Brook Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Fenstermacher will do the flyover in what he calls a “crazy little thing called a powered parachute,” dropping the candy from 200 feet high.
As a safety precaution, the children will wait behind a line of tape a safe distance from the drop site, because “even a small candy bar from 200 feet will leave a welt,” Fenstermacher said. “It’s nothing that will send them to the hospital, but we’re still concerned about their safety.”
The powered parachute is a light aircraft that utilizes a parachute and propeller to fly short distances, typically at an airspeed of about 25-35 mph. Fenstermacher uses the aircraft through his and his wife’s company, Menagerie Farms, to do candy drops at special events of all kinds, including birthdays for people of all ages, and usually as a surprise.
“We had one guy over at Tel Hai who was turning 89, and his wife asked us to do it,” Fenstermacher said. “She went door-to-door and asked everyone to take a walk, and then they looked up and there we were.”
However, he emphasized that the community should realize that the candy drop is weather dependent.
“You can have really nice weather every day up until the day of the drop and then be grounded if the weather’s poor,” he said.
The Fenstermachers don’t charge for the drop and often provide the candy themselves.
“We’re available, and if you’re having a birthday or special event, give us a call,” Fenstermacher said. “We’ll be there to put a smile on someone’s face.”