Several young teens from Broadwater Townhouses on Harrowgate Road participated in a Cupcake Wars during the community’s Back-to-School event sponsored by Xfinity and the Community Association. Mackenzie Crumble, a rising fifth-grader at Beulah Elementary School, inspired by the Cupcake Wars on the Food Network, came up with the idea as a way to raise some money to buy an I-Pad. “She was asking for an I-Pad,” said her mother, Morgan Lawrence. “When she came up with this idea, I thought it was great. It teaches them [the contestants] about entrepreneurship and about running a business.”
Crumble pursued the idea first by asking the community’s manager, Marcus Walker, and with permission, passed out flyers about the event during National Night Out. Walker was so impressed by the idea that he suggested the contest take place during the scheduled back-to-school event. “I thought it was awesome to have a young lady come in and spearhead an event like this. It’s inspiring,” he said.
The eight contestants in two age groups, 10-11 and 14-16, were judged on presentation and taste. All had great displays and were very creative. First place winners received a $50 gift card, second place winners received a $25 gift card and all participants received a goody bag with a $10 gift card. After the contest, the cupcakes were sold to their neighbors attending the event. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Bee Power, the after-school program held in the community center. First place winners were Halle Berry (14-16 age group) and Sinone Brown (10-11 age group.) Mackenzie Crumble tied for second place with Malachi Tucker and Diamond Fortner came in second in the 14-16 age group.
Community members attending also enjoyed an inflatable, cotton candy and ice cones provided by Xfinity. School-age children received school supplies provided by Chester United Methodist Church.