Vol­un­teers hop to the res­cue

San­ford and bunny crew take on An­napo­lis Royal’s Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza

Annapolis Valley Register - - X NEWS - BY LAWRENCE POWELL ANNAPOLISCOUNTYSPECTATOR.CA AN­NAPO­LIS ROYAL

The Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza in An­napo­lis Royal will be back for its 11th year thanks to busi­ness­woman Holly San­ford and a crew of vol­un­teers who are hop­ping to the res­cue.

“Good news!! With the help of some awe­some new vol­un­teers Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza is back on! What a great com­mu­nity we have.” — Town of An­napo­lis Royal Face­book page

The an­nual event has be­come a tradition in the prov­ince’s small­est town and at­tracts young­sters and their fam­i­lies from Hal­i­fax to Yarmouth for a va­ri­ety of fun ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing an Easter egg hunt on the grounds of Fort Anne – with 10,000 colour­ful eggs.

San­ford, of Bain­tons Tan­nery Out­let Book Store, takes over or­ga­niz­ing the event from Paula Bux­ton who orig­i­nated the Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza and grew it over the years to be the go-to bunny des­ti­na­tion for Easter.

The fu­ture of the event ap­peared to be un­cer­tain, and re­cently the Town of An­napo­lis Royal Face­book page posted a plea to help save the Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza.

“Call­ing all vol­un­teers!!!,” the post read. “Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter ten awe­some years of our Easter Eg­gstrav­ganza the Easter Bunny may not visit An­napo­lis Royal this year.”

The post called for vol­un­teers to con­tact San­ford. In no time it was back on and town hall posted an up­date Feb. 21.

“Good news!! With the help of some awe­some new vol­un­teers Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza is back on! What a great com­mu­nity we have,” the new post said. “More vol­un­teers for this event would be ap­pre­ci­ated but the Easter Bunny is ex­cited to be back in An­napo­lis Royal this year.”

This year’s edi­tion is set for April 15 and in­cludes most of the tra­di­tional events in­clud­ing the An­napo­lis Royal Amaz­ing Race, and a free chil­dren’s movie at King’s Theatre.

“We’re ex­cited,” said San­ford. “We’re look­ing for­ward to it. We have lots of great vol­un­teers but we would love to have more – more is al­ways bet­ter of course.”

She said the movie this year will be The Hop and there will be a chance for chil­dren to win a bicycle and other prizes. She de­scribed it as a great fam­ily day in An­napo­lis Royal.

The event is held in part­ner­ship with the Town of An­napo­lis Royal and Parks Canada.

Fol­low the Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza progress and check for a sched­ule of events on the Face­book page: https://www.face­book.com/an­napolis­royaleast­ereg­gstrav­a­ganza/

LAWRENCE POWELL

Holly San­ford of Bain­tons Tan­nery Out­let Book Store, with last year’s poster, will be or­ga­niz­ing this year’s Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza April 15 in An­napo­lis Royal. She takes over from Paula Bux­ton who started the event that has be­come a tradition in the small town. The high­light of the event is the Easter egg hunt at Fort Anne – with 10,000 Easter eggs.

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