Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lolly Drop

When I was much, much younger, the highlight of the local picnic races was always the "lolly drop". It was far more exciting than the races themselves, or even the horse high jump.

A local pilot would fly over the paddock in a light plane and release hundreds of lollies as us kids waited anxiously for permission to run out and collect them. When those in charge decided we were no longer in danger of being killed by Minties falling from 3,000 feet, we would all sprint out and fill our hands, pockets and jumpers with lollies, eating them as we went. Nobody ever missed out and missed lollies could be found in the paddock up to a year later.

And then as the years passed, the picnic races faded away and the lolly drop became just a fond memory.

Until a few years ago, it was reinstated at the Keith Show. As sponsorship has increased (mostly from locals who remember the glory days of the picnic races), the lolly drop has once again become the highlight of the day for local kids ... and their parents.




2 comments:

PTR said...

Wow, that's awesome! Dropping lollies from a plane is soooo cool. We just got them flung backwards over the shoulder of a sweaty fat man in a blue singlet. We still got excited though.

peace said...

:)