By CHERIL VERNON
Several Easter egg hunts are planned this weekend for the Easter holiday.
An Easter Egg Extravaganza sponsored by several community churches, complete with food, games and prizes, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Willie Myers Park on Dorrance Street.
The event is free and open to the public, though attendants are encouraged to bring their own blankets, pails, buckets, etc.
Anderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Rashad Mims will give the welcome. Palestine Mayor Therrell Thomas will give the prayer and make a short announcement prior to the festivities.
The City of Palestine's Parks & Recreation Department also is holding a community-wide easter egg hunt this Saturday, complete with a live rabbit farm, face painting, balloon art, bounce houses, music and more.
The first annual “Eggnormous Easter Egg Hunt” will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palestine Athletic Complex, located at 114 Armory Rd. The event is free and open to the public.
During the event, children will have the opportunity to hunt 7,000 eggs, as well as visit the “Rabbit Patch” for a variety of activities, including: exploring the live rabbit farm, meeting Korn Pop the Clown, having their faces painted, taking on a 40-foot obstacle course, bouncing in the bounce houses and more.
Children ages 1 to 10 are welcome to attend and should bring their own basket. In addition, families are encouraged to bring along a camera, as the Easter Bunny is rumored to make an appearance.
Egg hunts will be divided into the following age groups: 1-3, 4-7 and 8-10. Up for grabs in each age group will be some special “door prize” eggs on the field. The door prize eggs will be gold, which could later be turned in at the Rabbit Patch for a prize.
Parks and Recreations Event Coordinator Heather Hrebec said this is the first time for the city to host an egg hunt of this size, for the whole community.
“We hope everyone comes out and brings their kids,” Hrebec said. “We promise to have a great time, and we've got plenty of eggs (filled with) candy and toys and door prizes.”
Here is a list of other Easter egg hunts this weekend:
• Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2223 S. Loop 256, will hold its annual Easter egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. for children age 0-10 behind the store.
• Grace United Methodist Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday on the golf course at their new location at 2130 Country Club Rd. (former Meadowbrook Country Club).
Egg hunts will be divided into the following age groups: toddlers through 2 years and children ages 3-5 and 6-12, respectively. During the hunt, children can find the “golden egg” for a special prize. Other fun includes an egg toss, spoon races, duck pond, bounce houses and popcorn.
• First United Methodist Church, located at 422 S. Magnolia St., will hold its annual Easter Festival starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event will feature an egg hunt, face painting, bounce house and storytime.
• Pisgah Baptist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. Sunday. The church is located at 11265 FM 837 East.
• The Antioch Church, located at 907 E. Murchison St., will hold its annual Easter egg hunt following the 11:30 a.m. worship service.
• Westwood Baptist Church will hold its Easter egg hunt following the 11 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 1809 Bassett Rd.
• First Christian Church, located at 113 E. Crawford St., will hold an Easter egg hunt after its 10:40 a.m. worship service.
• Court Drive Church of Christ will hold an Easter egg hunt following its 10 a.m. worship service. The hunt will be for toddlers through the 4th grade. There will fun outdoor activities, games, food and pictures with the rabbit. The church is located at 1434 Court Dr.
• Trinity Church, located at 526 Benbrook St., will hold its Easter egg hunt following its worship service and Easter play.
• Greater Brown Spring Baptist Church will hold its Easter egg hunt after the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 9199 FM 321 East.
• First Congregational Methodist Church of Elkhart, located at 510 U.S. 287 South, will hold its Children's Easter Egg Hunt following the 11 a.m. worship service. Families are asked to bring pre-filled eggs.
• Calvary Baptist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt following the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The church is located at 703 Gillespie Rd.
Staff Writer Grace Gaddy contributed to this report.