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Girl Scouts begin cookie sales Saturday

Deanna Farmer anticipates cookie season now as much as when she was a Girl Scout.

"I was a Girl Scout and then a troop leader," said Farmer, 56, product sales manager for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.

"Now, I have daughters who are troop leaders and granddaughters who are Girl Scouts."

This is Farmer's third season overseeing cookie sales in Wichita, which begin Saturday.

Kandi LaMar, the manager for sales in Kansas, was also a Girl Scout. LaMar has been getting calls for weeks from people who want a Girl Scout sent to their home when cookie sales begin.

"One of the reasons cookie season only takes place once a year is to build excitement," she said. "They're a specialty."

The Wichita-area Cookie Kick-off, which is primarily for Girl Scouts and their families, will be tonight at Beech Activity Center. About 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Andrea Anglin plans to take her 6-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, to the event.

"My mom said I'm old enough to be a Girl Scout now," Elizabeth said. It will be her first year selling cookies.

Eight varieties are available for $3.50 a box: Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Daisy Go Rounds and Thanks-A-Lot.

There are about 5,000 Girl Scouts in the Wichita area, and the goal for Kansas is to sell 1.3 million boxes, a 2 percent increase over last year.

Farmer said she and LaMar have been working on the cookie sale since July.

"It takes a lot of preparation to pull off," she said.

By selling cookies, Girl Scouts earn cookie credits, which can then be used for prizes and programs.

"Many girls choose something they want to do, like attend camp, before cookie season," LaMar said. "Then, when sales begin, they can work toward their goal."

Elizabeth, the 6-year-old, already has her goal clearly in mind— a Nintendo valued at 1,000 cookie points.

"That's what I really, really want," she said. "I think I can do it."

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