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.