Community easter egg hunts bring out record number of kids the clare county review

One sure sign spring is finally here is the annual Clare Parks and Recreation Great EGGstravaganza held at the Clare Municipal Airport. This past Saturday youngsters from around the area invaded the airport grounds to play games, check out exhibits by local fire and police and meet the Easter Bunny before racing to grab one of hundreds of colorful plastic eggs dropped from high above by Don Bauer and fellow pilot turned egg bombardier Gary Todd.

Once again a precious golden egg was among the mix in each of the three egg drops, Patriot Aviation of Clare awarded the lucky youngsters who found those eggs a free airplane ride, the winners were also presented a basket of special prizes.

This years golden egg winners were; 0 to 4 age group – Cameron Robinson, Ages 5 to 9 – Natalie Fisher and in ages 9 to 12 – Casey Sweetwale.

Chilly temperatures and a brisk breeze kept several youngsters bundled up in their winter gear. Some parents and grandparents wondered how they ever got talked into coming out on such a chilly day, however, the smiles on the faces of close to 400 participant’s as they left the grounds erased any doubt about the trip being worthwhile.

Thanks to help from several sponsors and dedicated volunteers on the grounds and in the air the 2018 Great EGGstravaganza was another huge success. Those who missed out on attending this year need not worry, Easter eggs will fall again in 2019. Temperatures should be a bit warmer next year when Easter be in late April.

“Egg Drop One” – Pilot Don Bauer’s used his vintage 1956 Piper Tri-Pacer to transport the precious cargo of Easter eggs to the drop zone. Despite having to deal with strong winds, Bauer’s bombardier Gary Todd was right on target with all three 800 egg drops.

With an expectation and anticipation of only 100 to 150 people total, over 239 excited kids were counted from the community and surrounding areas, turning out for this year’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event held at the Moose Lodge in Harrison. More than triple the attendance compared to last year enjoyed the festivities.

This is the 2nd year the Harrison Chamber of Commerce and Moose Lodge along with other sponsors have made this event possible. The big hits of course were meeting the Easter Bunny in person, the pancake and sausage breakfast and the colorful indoor Easter egg Hunt.

Some of the other highlights of the event included games like, Duck, Duck Bunny, Bracelet Making, Dying Easter Eggs, the 3-Legged Race, Making Book Markers, Air Brushed Tattoos, Coloring Easter themed Pages and Jelly Bean Rice Game, all with prizes to win.

The Harrison Chamber of Commerce started out doing this event last year as a fundraiser for the New Chamber building but have now decided, being there was such a high demand to do another Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, they will keep on next year as the 3rd annual providing the community with this fun Holiday event .

“ Next year, we are planning on expanding the event for more seating and room for the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, last year, we had about 70 people show up, this year was triple that amount.” Said, Liz Crafton, Executive Director of The Harrison Chamber of Commerce.