Easter activities slated for Mid-Ohio Valley

File Photo Aiden McCartney, left, of Vienna, shows off the eggs he collected to his dad, Chace McCartney, at last year’s Friends of Mountwood Park Easter Egg Hunt.

PARKERSBURG — A variety of Easter activities are planned in the local area over the first three weekends in April. Those events will include:

* Parkersburg: The 8th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade will be 2 p.m. April 1 on Market Street. This year’s theme will be “Decorate Your Hats for Easter.”

Parade applications can be downloaded at info@moveasterparade.com and can be picked up at Auntie Ann’s Pretzels and Chick-fil-A locations at the Grand Central Mall and along Grand Central Avenue. Entry fees are $30 per vehicle for commercial, $30 for politicians, $15 per vehicle for non-commercial entries, $20 for walking units with a vehicle/$10 without a vehicle, no charge for fire departments, $10 per vehicle for motorcycle groups and a group rate of $10 per vehicle for groups with five or more vehicles. Checks should be made to the Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade.

The deadline is March 24. Parade applications can be mailed to Joyce Stephens at 193 Lake St., Parkersburg, WV 26101. For more information, call 304-863-6516. A panel of judges will be at Market and 13th streets to award trophies in commercial and non-commercial classes for first through third places. Floats will be judged by most creative, most original and how closely it follows the theme.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel is sponsoring an Easter Story Contest and the winner will be able to ride in a car in the parade. Breakfast with Easter Bunny will be held the morning of the parade at the free-standing Chick-fil-A on Grand Central Avenue.

File Photo Bryce Willis of Parkersburg, is surrounded by eggs at last year’s Friends of Mountwood Park Easter Egg Hunt. This year’s hunt will begin at 11 a.m. April 1 at Mountwood Park.

This year’s Easter Bonnet Contest is taking place two days before the parade. The Easter Bonnet Contest will be 7 p.m. March 30 at Tall Oaks Event Center at 1703 20th St. in Parkersburg. The contest will have two divisions — entries by those over 16 years of age and entries by those under 16 years of age. The hats will be judged in two categories within each division, most creative and most beautiful. People can register their hats March 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and March 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Judging will be 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the winners announced at 7 p.m. In addition to the two categories in each division, an overall best of event will be chosen.

* Volcano: The Mountwood Park Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11 a.m. April 1. The event is for children up to 13 years old, including a section for those with disabilities. Baskets will be awarded with notes that will be found in some of the eggs . The event is free and open to the public.

* South Parkersburg: The Fraternal Order of Police and Friends of Parkersburg’s Parks are teaming up to hold an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. April 8 at Southwood Park.

* Parkersburg: The Parkersburg Lions Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired children at 2 p.m. April 9 at City Park near the Veterans Memorial Plaza. The event is open to children of all ages with visual impairments, along with one helper. Specially designed eggs will help children locate them, along with eggs filled with candy. Sighted children may wear blindfolds.

* Vienna: Wayside United Methodist Church will hold a community Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. April 15 at Spencer Park on 28th Street, next to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.

File Photo Wood County Relay for Life participated in last year’s Mid-Ohio Valley Easter Parade with a float.

* Belpre: A community Easter Egg Hunt will be 11 a.m. April 15 at Belpre Church of Christ, 2932 Washington Blvd. The event is open to children up to age 12. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the hunt will be followed by games and lunch. For more information, contact 740-423-7021.

* Newport: Newport Baptist Church will be hold a community Easter Egg hunt at 2 p.m. April 15 at the church on Green Street. There will also be games, prizes and snacks.

* Beverly: An Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Beverly Lions Club and the Muskingum Valley Leo Club, will be noon April 15 at Dodge Park. Children from preschool through fourth grade must bring baskets.

* Parkersburg: First Baptist Church of Parkersburg will hold a community Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m. April 16 at Quincy Park, with activities at the church.