BEND AREA — Preparations are being made this week for two Easter egg hunts in the Bend Area, with both Mason and New Haven hosting the annual events at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The community room of the Mason Town Hall resembled the Easter Bunny’s lair Sunday afternoon, as more than 20 members of the Sugar Maple 4-H Club gathered to fill 3,000 colorful plastic eggs with candy. This marks the third year the 4-Hers have filled the eggs as part of a club project, according to leader Sally Smith.
Mason’s egg hunt will be at Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926/Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. There will be 750 eggs hidden for each age group, including 0-3 years; 4-6 years; 7 to 9 years; and 10 to 12 years.
In New Haven, the hunt will be on the lawn of the New Haven Public Library. There will be golden eggs hidden among the bounty with special prizes, donated by local businesses and residents.
Volunteers are leading the efforts in New Haven, as well, with workers from the library filling the eggs. Students from Wahama High School will be hiding the eggs and watching over the youngsters. Town Recorder Roberta Hysell said the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 donated $150 to help buy candy.
The Easter Bunny will be making appearances at both events, and will pose for photos with the children. Parents are asked to bring their own cameras. Those attending are also encouraged to arrive early to find a parking spot and have their children ready, as both hunts will begin promptly at 1 p.m.