Family fun at Centennial Park

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October 24, 2002|By Lori Sears

Ever looked for a needle in a haystack? I'm talking a real haystack. No? Well, surely you've searched for a buried treasure. What - no? Well, you've at least watched earthworm races, yes? Certainly you must have. But if you've somehow gone through life without these experiences, it's high time you tried 'em all.

"Sunday in the Park: A Day of Old-Fashioned Family Fun" takes place Sunday at Centennial Park in Columbia. Between searching for needles in haystacks (OK, they're really turkey basters), making your own kite, carving pumpkins, taking horse-drawn hayrides and running sack races, you'll be busy - very busy.

You can hunt for that buried treasure, make your way through a wooden cave maze, whitewash a fence, take pony rides and cheer on the earthworms. Watch Jerry Brown and his monkey perform, meet a Mark Twain impersonator, catch Professor Horn's Punch and Judy Puppet Show, see the Kinderman and many others.

Kids can come in costume and go trick-or-treating with an adult on a specially designed (and nonscary) trail. Lots of food will be available, from cotton candy and kettle corn to grilled items.

"Sunday in the Park" runs 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Park South, off Route 108 in Columbia. $10 per car. Additional fees for some activities. Call 410-313-7275.

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