Chilly weather doesn’t dis­cour­age egg hunters

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - SU­SAN HOL­LAND shol­land@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — A chilly breeze was blow­ing Satur­day and tem­per­a­tures strug­gled to climb out of the 50s, but that did lit­tle to dis­cour­age the scores of young­sters who turned out for the an­nual Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza at Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal. Many ea­gerly jumped in and scram­bled for eggs in hunts held for four age groups.

Af­ter the hunts, chil­dren sorted through col­or­ful plastic con­tain­ers to learn if they had col­lected candy or pa­per slips they could ex­change for prizes. The prize tables were laden with dozens of games and toys from which to choose.

The hunts were a high­light of the an­nual event, spon­sored by the Greater Gravette Cham­ber of Com­merce, but sev­eral other ac­tiv­i­ties were of­fered as well. Young guests could have their faces painted, climb into the cab of the Gravette Fire Depart­ment’s lad­der truck and check out other emer­gency ve­hi­cles, or dye and dec­o­rate an Easter egg to take home.

A pet­ting zoo, in­clud­ing fluffy baby bun­nies and chicks, a calf and even a hedgehog, was pro­vided by mem­bers of the Maysville 4-H Club. The Easter Bunny was on hand and was even seen ad­mir­ing the pets.

Another 4-H Club, Town and Coun­try 4-H, op­er­ated a cake walk and its mem­bers dis­trib­uted cook­ies and Lit­tle Deb­bie snacks to those who par­tic­i­pated. Mem­bers of the Gravette His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum Com­mis­sion set up a back­drop and pro­vided a set­ting for photo op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who wanted a last­ing sou­venir of the oc­ca­sion.

If all the ac­tiv­ity caused one to work up an ap­petite, mem­bers of the OCH food ser­vice staff had the solution. Free hot dogs, potato chips and cook­ies were pro­vided to hun­gry guests. Some even en­joyed small ice cream cones but oth­ers de­clined, say­ing it was too cold for ice cream.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

Young­sters in the 6-8 age group gather eggs at one of the Easter egg hunts dur­ing Satur­day’s Easter Eg­gstrav­a­ganza at Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

Kayson Ste­wart (far left) en­joys a piece of candy while Tamara Waeltz, Gra­cie Ox­ford and Sophie Ox­ford sort through his eggs to see if any con­tain a prize slip.

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