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Dozens of tiny crime fighters take part in 2013 Super Hero Party

February 16, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Weston Mower, 7, of Waynesboro, dressed like Captain America as he maneuvered through an obstacle course during the 2013 Super Hero Party at HCC's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center Saturday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The Joker, Lex Luthor and the Green Goblin didn’t have the nerve to menace Hagerstown Community College on Saturday as dozens of tiny crime fighters gathered there to take part in the 2013 Super Hero Party.

Marsha Moats, program coordinator for the Washington County Recreation Department, said the event has been held for the past five years to give children a chance to dress up like their favorite super hero and play indoors during the winter.

“It’s cold. There’s not much for kids to do,” she said. “We have a demand for it. We sell out every year.”

Moats said 200 children and 225 adults signed up to attend the party, which was held at HCC’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center. The cost was $2 per adult and $5 for children.

Pint-sized Hulks, Batmen, Supermen, Spider-Men and other comic-book crime fighters enjoyed a variety of events, including a moon bounce, an obstacle course and a hair-dressing station. Children also were given a chance to talk to deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department.

Keedysville resident Kai Fairhall, 7, was decked out in his Wolverine costume. He sat patiently in a chair as a stylist made up his hair to match that of his comic book hero’s.

“He’s a mutant,” Kai said of Wolverine. “He’s cool.”

Kai’s older brother, Connor Fairhall, said he escorted his younger sibling to the party because his parents were at another brother’s soccer game.

An avid comic-book fan, Connor Fairhall said he was having a good time watching his little brother enjoying the moment.

“I think it’s pretty cool,” he said. “I’m a pretty big comic-books fan. I like to see these little kids — the next generation — keep it going.”

Scott and Renee Kendle of Williamsport seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as their 5-year-old son, Conner, who dressed as Batman.

“I think it’s awesome,” Renee Kendle said. “It’s the exercise and getting the kids out.”

Renee Kendle wore a Bat Girl costume, and Scott dressed as an Aquabat to get into the spirit of things.

The Kendles said they believed the event was positive for Conner because he meets new friends there every year.

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