To celebrate Easter, the Ashe County Parks and Recreations will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at Ashe County Park, and a big turnout is expected.
Missy Parker, program manager of Ashe County Parks and Recreations, said she expects between 250-300 children to show up for the Easter Egg Hunt. Approximately 3,600 eggs will be placed throughout the park for the children’s entertainment.
“This is absolutely one of our funnest events,” said Parker. “We will have three prizes per age group and one additional prize.”
The age groups will be divided by 18 months-3 years, four-six years, seven-nine years and nine-eleven years. Even though there will be prizes awarded at the end of each hunt, every child that participates will come out as a winner because, according to Parker, each egg will contain a piece of chocolate candy.
“This event grows every year,” said Parker. “As the community grows, we grow with it.”
According to Parker, last year’s event required between 2,800-3,000 eggs, but because of the event’s growth, 3,600 eggs will be hidden this year.
The event’s rapid growth has caused others in the community to get involved.
HD Elite Photography, located in West Jefferson, will attend the event if parents want professional pictures of their children. Also, Joshua & Caleb Ministries have donated baskets for this year’s Easter egg hunt.
To add to the fun, Parker said the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures during the event.
Each age group will start an Easter egg hunt at different times during the event. The start times are as follows:
• 10 a.m. for 18 months through 3-years-old
• 10:30 a.m. for four-years-old through six-years-old
• 11 a.m. for seven-years-old through nine-years-old
• 11:30 a.m. for nine-years-old through 11-years old
Ashe County Park will also host the Ashe County Trout Derby on Saturday, where 500 trout will be released into the park’s pond for children between ages 6-18 to enjoy a friendly day of competitive fishing. The trout derby will begin at 6 a.m. and last until noon.
Parker thanked the N.C. Wildlife Commission, which made the trout derby possible.