Annual egg hunt draws hundreds

VOLCANO – Hundreds of children and their parents braved chilly temperatures Saturday morning to hunt that most elusive of prey, the Easter Egg, at Mountwood Park.

Lorrie Arthur, park attendant for Mountwood Park, said approximately 500 children registered to participate in Saturday morning’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at the park.

While temperatures hovered in the high 30s Saturday morning before heating up into the 50s later in the afternoon, Arthur said the chilly weather wasn’t enough to keep people away from the popular event. About 5,000 eggs were set out for children to find during the hunt, which was in its eighth year, she said.

“Actually, two years ago, we did it in the snow,” Arthur said with a laugh about the annual hunt. “Today’s nothing bad compared to two years ago,” she said of Saturday’s chilly but sunny weather.

Saturday’s program featured free hot dogs and a variety of giveaways. There were also special prize eggs for each age group, with the winner receiving an Easter basket of goodies.

Michelle Ingram, of Parkersburg, was at Saturday’s event with her daughter, Mackenzie, 6, to hunt for Easter eggs. It was their first visit to the Mountwood event and they were enjoying, she said.

“It’s pretty nice and there’s lots of stuff for the kids,” Ingram said.

“It seems really nice for the community,” said Liza Roberts, of Parkersburg, who was Mountwood with 4-year-old Abigail for the hunt on Saturday. “The kids seem to enjoy it.”

Two more hunts are scheduled for today. The Parkersburg Elks Lodge Easter Egg Hunt it will be 2 p.m. today at Buzzie Dils Park in Vienna.

The Parkersburg Lions Club will hold its second annual Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired children from 2-4 p.m. today at City Park in Parkersburg.

For visually impaired children to participate in the hunt, Lions members will set up stations with beeping “eggs” so they can follow the sound to the beeps and will receive candy-filled plastic eggs. The children will be able to have a partner to help direct them.

Other area Easter Egg Hunts will include:

* The city of Spencer annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon Friday in downtown Spencer.

* In Parkersburg, First Baptist Church of Parkersburg will hold a community Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at Quincy Park.

* The annual Belpre Easter Egg Hunt will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Civitan Park Gazebo in Belpre.

* In Williamstown, a community Easter Egg Hunt will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church at 314 West Fifth St. in Williamstown.

* In Reno, the Reno Lions Club will old a pancake breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at the former Reno School on Sandhill Road in Reno. The pancake breakfast will be by donation from 8-11 a.m., with proceeds supporting the club’s community projects. The Easter Egg hunt will be 11 a.m. for children in the community ages 12 and under, with their own containers.

* In Beverly, the Beverly-Waterford Easter Egg Hunt will be noon Saturday at Dodge Park in Beverly for children from preschool through fourth grade.

* In Newport, the Newport United Methodist Youth and the Frontier Lions Club will hold an Easter Egg Adventure at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Newport Elementary School playground for children from toddlers to fourth grade.

* Also in Newport, Newport Baptist Church will be hold an “Easter EGGstravaganza” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church on Green Street in Newport.

* In Marietta, North Hills Baptist Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the church at 108 Stonecrest Drive in Marietta for children up to 12 years.