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January 13, 2013

Girl Scouts open Cookie Bash with eating contest

ANDERSON, Ind. — How many Girl Scout cookies can you eat in two minutes?

That’s a question local luminaries answered at the Girl Scouts’ Cookie Bash Saturday night at Mounds Mall.

The event kicked off the cookie-selling season for local troops. Local celebrities like Judge Angela Warner Sims and Anderson Fire Chief Phillip Rogers started the evening with a cookie-eating contest, seeing how many trefoils they could wolf down in two minutes.

Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Felix Chow judged the contest. Local business owner Brent Doster won, downing 26 cookies.

The troops followed the eating contest with skits, songs and activities they traditionally do at camps and ceremonies.

“It’s basically an extension of what we like to do at troop meetings, and it’s fun for the girls,” said Troop 1694 leader Bethany Wire.

Wire, who arranged the event, said it was also important to get the ball rolling with cookie sales, a large part of the income for the organization. It also allowed the girls to work toward a badge.

Cookies were available to sample but not for sale. Wire said they won’t get their first cookies until early February. Traditional favorites like Thin Mints and Trefoils were available, as were new flavors like Thank You Berry Much and Lemonades.

The event was also important for recruiting. Corbin Flatford, 15, was responsible for signing up younger girls interested in joining.

Flatford said her favorite part about being a Girl Scout are events like the Cookie Bash and time spent with friends.

Sims, a Girl Scout herself in her youth, speaks to different Girl Scout troops occasionally about being an attorney and a judge and how girls can pursue their dreams.

Sims said it’s important to contribute to organizations like Girl Scouts particularly because they promote civic duty.

“They volunteer and make the community a better place, so it’s important for me to be out here and be a part of that,” Sims said.

Rogers said he lends his support because Girl Scouts teach character and integrity to youth.

“It’s a great cause,” Rogers said. “It’s an important step in a journey to becoming responsible adults. Girl Scouts helps them on their way.”

Find Jack Molitor on Facebook and @J4keSteel on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

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