Nearly 2,000 turned out at Mountwood Park for its annual Easter celebration. The event offered Easter egg hunts, prizes, including two bicycles, a visit from the Easter Bunny and a reading of “The Talking Egg” by local author Jackie Tawney. Tawney sang with the children and narrated additional stories.
Among those attending were Murphytown resident Tim Bauman and his sons, Charlie, 5, and Jake, 19 months.
“There was hardly anybody here a couple years ago, they’ve done an excellent job of getting the word out,” Bauman said.
He said his sons enjoyed playing in the park as much as they did hunting Easter eggs. Following the hunt, the boys threw rocks in a creek.
The Broadway Church of the Nazarene also catered to a much-larger-than-expected crowd Saturday afternoon. Around 100 attended last year, but Saturday saw four times that amount.
“We advertised,” said organizer Karen Sprout, who said this year, the church canvassed the neighborhood, letting people know about the event.
It is one of several outreach programs planned for this year, she said.
“Our focus is on outreach, especially in our community here. We want our neighbors to know that Christ loves them,” she said.
In addition to the egg hunt, there were games and re-tellings of the resurrection story for the children at the church.
Easter egg hunts were also held at the Lighthouse Baptist Church on Ohio 339 between Barlow and Vincent, Tunnel United Methodist Church in Warren, the Parr Hill Community Church in Beavertown, the Marietta Township Recreation Center in Reno, Belpre Church of Christ and the Masonic Lodge No. 436’s Easter egg hunt at the Buell Island playground at Lowell.
Several Easter activities are slated for today, including:
? An annual Easter egg hunt will be 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Recreation Center. The hunt is for residents of Oak Grove and West Muskingum Township and is sponsored by Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department.
? An annual Easter egg hunt will be 2 p.m. at Washington County Fish and Game Club’s clubhouse, Whipple. There will be age groups for 1 to 12 years and grandparents. The event is for club members only.
? An Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny will be 2 p.m. today at the North Bend State Park Lodge, located between Cairo and Harrisville. A Grand Easter Buffet will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lodge. For more information, call (304) 643-2931.
Photo by Dave Payne Sr.
Children scramble for candy-filled eggs at the Broadway Church of the Nazarene Easter egg hunt Saturday in Parkersburg.