Archive for Thursday, March 20, 2008

For second consecutive year, weather spoils Easter Egg hunt

March 20, 2008

Rain and a touch of snow made conditions less than ideal Saturday for the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt.

It's the second year in a row the outdoor festivities were canceled because of inclement weather, but the sausage, bacon and pancake breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall went on as planned.

"We had a really good turnout considering it was raining and snowing," Lions Club member Samantha Tempe said. "We had a lot of families show up."

While the hunt was canceled, the children did not leave empty handed. Grab bags of candy were passed out, including bags containing prize eggs. Those who were lucky enough to pick bags with prize eggs received large chocolate bunnies, including the grand prize bunny, which was about a foot and a half tall, Tempe said.

"It was a lot of fun," she said. "Having it in that facility really made it go so smoothly."

Children in the community have another chance to get their Easter egg hunt fix this weekend.

A new church in the community, New Beginnings Ministries, will play host to another hunt as well as lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Basehor City Park, 15940 Leavenworth Road.

Senior pastor Glynn Robison said the church wanted to have the event to provide a service to the Basehor community.

"It is just to kind of open up our name in the community," he said. "We're looking forward to having a great relationship with the community."

The nondenominational church, which soon will be housed in the former Reese and Nichols building, 2706 N. 155th Street, invites everyone to enjoy free hot dogs, chips and pop in the park shelter.

Children ages 11 and under will be divided into four age groups to seek out about 1,500 plastic eggs filled with candy. Those that happen to find eggs marked "prize" will also receive additional surprises.

In case of inclement weather, Robison said the church will go with a slightly modified plan but will still play host to the event.

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