Chilly weather doesn’t discourage egg hunters
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.
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.
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.