Rain can’t dampen the spirits of county children at annual ‘Egg-Stravaganza’

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The annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza event underwent some last minute changes prior to Saturday’s program, but in the end everything worked out and a large crowd enjoyed many activities leading up to Easter.

The event, normally held in the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, was moved to the grounds of the Switzerland County YMCA after a decision was made on Friday evening that the rain during the week as well as the recent flooding made it impossible to use the park.

Enter Eric Cole and the staff of the YMCA, which offered its outdoor area behind the building as a substitute.

With some last minute work by event coordinator Laurice See and her band of volunteers, everything went well and a large crowd of kids as well as their parents and grandparents enjoyed the day.

The event featuring the Frisch Marionettes still went on to a full house at the Historic Hoosier Theater; and then everyone made their way to the YMCA.

The Tri Kappa Sorority moved their cake walk to the YMCA, and had a successful event in spite of some adjustments. Back up town, the members of Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church also had a successful, Lunch with the Easter Bunny’ event.

After the awards were presented for the best Easter hats and bonnets, the main event of the day – the Easter Egg Hunt – got underway.

The Easter Bunny arrived by firetruck prior to the beginning of the egg hunt, and spent time having his photo taken with those in attendance.

With more than 300 children registered and just under 5,000 eggs to find, hunters gathered at the areas assigned by age group. When the horn sounded, the tape fell and the hunt was on.

It didn’t take long for the yard to be stripped of the colorful eggs, and then the children went through their finds, garnering everything from candy to small toys to coupons and gift certificates from local businesses.

Laurice See said that there were over 150 small prizes, toys and gift cards in the special eggs; and there were also about 75 special treat bags filled and given to children under the age of two who were not yet old enough to participate in the hunt.

The event was sponsored by Switzerland County Tourism, Switzerland County EMS, and Jefferson Craig Fire and Rescue Department.