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Festival held despite the snow

March 10, 2008
PARKERSBURG — The snow came down and it stayed down, but Fairlawn Baptist Church continued on with its second annual Community Easter Festival.

Last year’s event saw much more pleasant weather and drew more than 800 people. On Saturday, however, temperatures were in the mid 20s and many roads were still covered with snow.

Even with icy roads keeping many away, around 200 people attended the event which was held this year despite the weather which forced most activities to be moved indoors.

“We expected attendance to be down,” said Clarence Mathess, event organizer. “But we wanted to go ahead with what we have. We really appreciate how the community has come out and supported us so much.”

Activities included puppet shows, magic shows and music.

Church volunteers had worked for weeks to fill 8,000 plastic eggs with candy, stickers, erasers and other trinkets and toys as well as Bible verses for Saturday’s event.

With the light showing of participants, volunteers set out only around 2,000 of those eggs, but that was more than enough, said Susan Davis, another event organizer.

“The ones that showed up really got a lot of eggs. They had a lot of fun diving in the snow to get the eggs,” Davis said.


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