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This takes the cake: Hancock cake walk popular event

Volunteer Courtney Hanson holds the bucket while Brady Luthi draws a winning number and Ambrose Rinkenberger watches at the annual cake walk in Hancock March 25. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times1 / 7
Payton Bigalke points out a cake she likes before the March 25 Hancock Music Boosters cake walk starts. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 7
Volunteer Jen Shaw shows cake walk participants Claire, left, and Kadence Nordman, a cake during the annual cake walk March 25 in Hancock. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times3 / 7
Music booster volunteers cover and organize cakes for the March 25 cake walk in Hancock. The event raises money for music programs in the Hancock Schools. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times4 / 7
The crowd at the March 25 Hancock Music Boosters cake walk. The annual event draws lots of people who buy tickets for a chance to win a cake in a modified game of musical chairs. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times5 / 7
Seth Wilson, left, and Chris Garcia look over their remaining tickets during the March 25 annual Hancock Music Boosters cake walk. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times6 / 7
Briella Backman walks in the annual cake walk March 25 at Hancock Schools. The cake walk raises money for music programs. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times7 / 7

Eyes peered over the folding chairs to watch as a volunteer held a cake and passed it before them. The sweet tweat was passed by watchful eyes within a circle of chairs at the annual Hancock Music Boosters cake walk on March 25.

"Everyone gets excited about it. It's a fun evening," volunteer Kellie Joos said.

The cake walk raises money for music in Hancock Schools. Volunteers bring cakes or cupcakes that are won in a modified game of musical chairs. Chairs are placed in at least six circles in the high school gym. Participants pay a quarter per ticket to walk around the numbered folding chairs until the music stops. The chairs are numbered. No one sits on the chair but instead stands by a chair until a number is drawn for that circle. The person standing by the drawn number wins the cake.

There were many cakes to be won that night.

Principal Tim Pahl counted 193 cakes about 15 minutes before the event started. Volunteers were bringing cakes in while Pahl had been counting.

The cakes and cupcakes are set on rows of white, plastic folding tables.

They are organized by cakes and cupcakes with attention paid to each flavor or kind of cake or cupcake.

"We try to keep them separate so each circle gets a chance to win (a certain kind of cake)," Joos said.

Participants walk by the tables of cakes before the walk starts as if choosing the one they'd like to win.

"I like the owl (shaped) ones. Those are my favorite, for obvious reasons," English teacher Nicole Schmidt said. The Owls are the school's mascot and Schmidt was wearing a Hancock Owls T-shirt.

By 7 p.m., the cake walk circles made with folding chairs were filled with participants. Volunteers collected tickets. The cake to be won was shown to particpants. A volunteer raised a green flag to indicate the circle was ready.

The Hancock pep band started playing the first song of the night. The band played for at least 40 seconds before it stopped. When it stopped, numbers were drawn and the winning participant received a cake.

No one left the circle because another round of the cake walk was about to start.