PONCA — The fruitcake fling proved to be a popular event at Ponca State Park's first winterfest last weekend.

People were eager to get a chance to toss fruitcakes Saturday.

Park Superintendent Jeff Fields came up with the idea for the fruitcake toss because he's not a fan of fruitcakes. Fields said he figured tossing fruitcakes would be a good use for them.

But competitors flung specially made fruitcakes with a bird seed filling, so they could be enjoyed by wildlife later.

Jim LaPierre of Papillion won the competition for people older than 13. He said he didn't have much cake-throwing experience, but he got good distance after taking his gloves off.

— AP

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