ENID, Okla. — Update: June 19, 2014
According to Yarnover Enid's Facebook Page: The park is always open. We try to play the game on Friday evenings if the weather cooperates. The rain has ruined the path. Must be repainted. Looks like rain for two more days. Check our website for updates. www.YarnoverEnid.com.
Story first published: May 25, 2014, online and May 26, 2014, in the ENE print edition
Champlin Park will be turned into a giant Candy Land game on June 6 when Yarnover Enid enthusiasts transform the park.
Seven Yarnover Enid participants have been meeting weekly since March to prepare decorations for turning the park into a human-sized Candy Land game.
“One lady has been working on her characters since January,” said Paula Nightengale, owner of Creative Arts Enid, where Yarnover Enid enthusiasts have been meeting.
Nightengale said Mickey Seward, of Enid, has worked on the game characters Lord Licorice, Princess Lolly, Princess Frostine and the Gingerbread Boy, since January.
Candy Land is a classic children’s board game with no need to read or make strategic decisions. Players draw a card and move to the next space with that color in a race to be the first to reach the Candy Castle.
At 6:30 p.m. June 6, a come-one-come-all live version of Candy Land will be played in Champlin Park.
“On opening night, we’re going to be serving gingerbread men and lemonade,” Nightengale said. “It’s a sweet little game for sweet little folks, but we’re not going to limit it to them. If you’re 4 years old or 80, come play.”
Instead of drawing a card, as when playing the board game, Champlin Park players will roll a cube to find out which color square to move to next, Nightengale said.
Opening night is set to coordinate with Enid’s First Friday celebration, and falls on the eve of 2014 International Yarn Bombing day.
The Candy Land board will be left in place in Champlin Park for about a month, weather permitting, and future play dates will be announced on the Yarnover Enid Facebook page, Nightengale said. To get continuing updates on when to come play Candy Land, like the page.
“The reason we’re doing this is to delight the community,” Nightengale said. “Our mission is to create public works of art and delight the community.”