ANDERSON COUNTY —
A handful of churches, organizations and local businesses will hold Easter egg hunts on both Saturday and Sunday.
Two of the biggest Easter egg hunts includes Wal-Mart’s Easter egg hunt on Saturday featuring 8,000 eggs and Evangelistic Temple’s Easter egg hunt on Sunday featuring 6,000 eggs.
Evangelistic Temple will hold two Easter egg hunts on Sunday -- one at 8:30 a.m. and one at 10:45 a.m. -- during their Easter Sunday worship services.
“We will have over 100 prizes including bicycles, skateboards, basketballs, baseballs, mp3 players, scooters, stuffed animals and filled Easter baskets,” Evangelistic Temple children’s pastor Elaine King said. “Last time we had over 300 kids. We are hoping a lot of people will come and bring their kids.”
The YMCA will not hold an Easter egg hunt this year, but instead is focusing on its Healthy Kids Day event scheduled on April 17.
Here is a list of Saturday Easter egg hunt events:
• Wal-Mart will hold its Easter egg hunt featuring 8,000 eggs for four age groups for children ages 3-12 starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The hunt will be held in the grassy area behind Wal-Mart.
“We have done Easter egg hunts in the past and we wanted to bring it back for the community and the kids,” Wal-Mart Supercenter Shipping Manager James Green said Wednesday. “The Easter Bunny will be posted at the front door directing customers to the back of the building.”
Three prize eggs will be included for each age group, containing $5 gift cards.
• First United Methodist Church of Palestine, 422 S. Magnolia St., will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for toddlers through age 12. Age groups will include toddlers, age 5-8 and ages 9-12.
Free hot dogs, snow cones, crafts and face painting will be available to families. In addition, the Easter bunny will be available for free pictures. An inflatable bounce house and a 24-foot slide also will be set up on the church grounds.
“Everything is free and we think it will be a lot of fun for all ages,” FUMC Youth Director Jason Huffman said.
• The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Veterans Historic Education Center and are sponsoring an Easter egg hunt at the local National Guard Armory at 2 p.m. Saturday. The hunt is for children (ages 0-12) of active duty military personnel. Three hunts will take place for three age groups.
Bring your own personally decorated baskets for the best basket contest. Store-bought baskets will not qualify. A contest for the best ‘decorated’ basket by age groups, 0-3, 4-7 and 8-12, will take place before the hunt and the winners will receive a special Easter surprise. The National Guard Armory is located off North Loop 256 at 601 Armory Rd. (look for the tank). For more information call 903-723-1578.
• Glad Tidings, 201 St., will hold an Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Prize eggs, free hots and more are planned. Free coffee and donuts will be available from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
• The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8924 (on Loop 256, “on the hill”) will hold an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. Age groups include: 0-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Prizes will be awarded.
A piñata, games and bake sale also are planned. For more information, call 903-723-2251.
• A community Easter egg hunt will be held at Walston Springs Baptist Church starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. All children ages 2 through 12 are invited to participate. Included will be several prize eggs. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the hunt.
The church is located on FM 2419 approximately one mile off U.S. 287/Texas 19 South.
• First United Methodist Church of Elkhart will hold a community Easter egg hunt starting at 2 p.m. Saturday for children ages 0 to fifth grade. Parents are reminded to bring the child’s basket. Refreshments will be served to those attending.
• Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located across from Palestine High School at 1515 S. Loop 256, will hold an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday.