BEND AREA — The Easter bunny will be coming to town in both Mason and New Haven, as the spring holiday is ushered in with the annual egg hunts.
Both towns will host the hunts at noon Saturday. Mason’s event will take place at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. The egg hunt location in New Haven will be the ball fields.
A total of 4,000 eggs will be hidden among four age groups in Mason. Age groups include three years and younger; 4-6 years; 7-9 years; and 10-12 years.
The Sugar Maple 4-H Club and Clover Buds filled the eggs with candy Sunday afternoon at the town hall. Leader Sally Smith said the club has been filling the eggs for several years as a community service project. The members will also be hiding the eggs.
Along with the candy-filled ones, prize eggs will be hidden as well. There will be a $10 money egg, two $5 eggs, and twenty $1 eggs in each age group.
In New Haven, there will be two age groups: five years and under, and six years and up.
Seven students from Wahama High School will help hide the eggs to gain community service hours. They include Kyle Sines, Clayton Sines, Rebeka Roach, Emily Gerlach, Elizabeth Mullins, Grace Hill, and Tilar Darst.
Businesses, churches and individuals have contributed prizes for the New Haven event. Recorder Roberta Hysell said there will also be bicycles given away. Prize donations are still being accepted at the city building.
The Easter bunny will make an appearance at both hunts. Parents are invited to bring cameras for photos. Organizers encourage all wanting to participate to arrive early, as the hunts will begin promptly at noon and last only minutes.
(Editor’s note: A story on Point Pleasant’s Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will appear later this week.)
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.