Easter ‘Egg-stravaganza’ is wet, but overall a big success in Vevay

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Spring storms forced a change of location and tradition, but in the end on Saturday a hard working group of community volunteers managed to share a part of the Easter holiday with county children.

Heavy rains late in the week and on Saturday morning forced organizers to move the annual Easter Egg Hunt from its traditional location around the Switzerland County Courthouse up to the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department firehouse at the foot of Vevay Hill.

The program was sponsored by the fire department, along with Switzerland County EMS. High School students from the Switzerland County Key Club also assisted.

With limited options on hiding eggs in a firehouse, volunteers – still wanting the county’s children to have a great Easter – opted to fill paper bags with goodies. Those bags were then divided into age groups and placed in different areas of the firehouse.

The Easter Bunny braved the weather and was there to welcome children and their parents; and also took time to get his photo taken with everyone.

Also at the event was “Andy the Ambulance”, a new ambulance purchased by Switzerland County EMS that interacts with children and teaches them valuable safety lessons while flashing his lights, sounding his sirens, and blinking his eyes.

Facing the impossible task of knowing how many children would brave the storms and show up (a full house came to the popular event), organizers still tried to get as many bags of treats into the hands of the children as were available.

In three of the bags, some lucky “hunters” found golden eggs, which earned them special prizes.

Following the egg hunt, many residents headed to downtown, where they had lunch with the Eastern Bunny at the Ruter Chapel of Vevay United Methodist Church; and many also attended one of the performances at the Historic Hoosier Theater, featuring the Frisch Marionettes.