The CBC reports on the show As It Happens that the city of Mayo, Yukon has a “super fun” annual peanut drop to celebrate Canada Day (which was yesterday). I listened to the interview which you can listen by clicking here, and the organizer explained that local children used to be given discounted helicopter rides on Canada Day, and when the cost became too high to offer rides, they found another way to use a helicopter to create excitement.
About 70 to 80 children gather in a field, and the helicopter makes a few passes overhead. Then the children are cleared to the edge of the field while the helicopter hovers 100 feet above, and 100 pounds of peanuts (the equivalent of about 3 big black garbage bags full) are pushed by four volunteers out of the helicopter’s rear sliding doors. The words 1-2-3-GO! are yelled, and the children pick up as many peanuts as they can.
The spokesperson was asked: “Why peanuts?” and he replied “Why not peanuts?” No one knows the reason they’re being used, they just know that it has always been peanuts. He further explained that the kids pick them up very thoroughly, and what they may miss, the seals pick up.
My hope is that there are no peanut allergic children or adults in Mayo, Yukon who are unable to participate or feel at risk due to this tradition. How would you feel if this happened where you live? Please leave a comment below to let me know.
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