Easter egg hunt returns Saturday at Jackson Park

Crowds of children and adults wait (somewhat) patiently for the countdown at the 2013 Community Egg Hunt, made possible by volunteers from the Columbia Gorge Fellowship of Churches and donations from local businesses and individuals. More than 7,000 eggs were filled and hidden and each child received a treat-filled goodie bag. Occurring simultaneously was the annual Children’s Safety Fair, with fire trucks, police cars and information booths all at Jackson Park.

Photo by Esther Smith.
Crowds of children and adults wait (somewhat) patiently for the countdown at the 2013 Community Egg Hunt, made possible by volunteers from the Columbia Gorge Fellowship of Churches and donations from local businesses and individuals. More than 7,000 eggs were filled and hidden and each child received a treat-filled goodie bag. Occurring simultaneously was the annual Children’s Safety Fair, with fire trucks, police cars and information booths all at Jackson Park.

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and Safety Fair will be held Saturday, April 19, at Jackson Park.

The Children’s Safety Fair, featuring fire trucks to explore, Sparky the Fire Dog, education booths and Smokey Bear, will be in the front parking lot of Jackson Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 11 a.m. sharp and all children ages 1 to 10 are welcome to participate. More than 7,000 plastic eggs will be hidden this year, and every child aged 1-10 will receive an Easter goodie bag filled with candy, prizes, stickers and activity booklets. The Easter Bunny will be there, too, ready for hugs.

The community is invited to help the sponsoring churches stuff over 800 Easter goodie bags on April 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets.

Annual Children’s Safety Fair

Since there will be so many families in one place, the sponsoring churches have once again invited several community safety organizations to put on a Safety Fair. The fire department will have fire trucks there for the kids to explore and pass out fire safety information.

Sparky the Fire Dog will be present for hugs and photos. Providence Hospital will pass out bike helmet stickers and provide certificates to receive a free bike helmet. Safe Kids Columbia Gorge will have a booster seat education booth to assure that toddlers are properly secured in their booster seats.

The Hood River Aquatic Center will be sharing all about swimming safety. Smokey Bear will be on hand to teach about the dangers of wild fires. And the police department will have a cruiser on hand for children to explore as our police officers teach public safety.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Organizers promise that the community Easter egg hunt is going to be bigger and better than ever. Sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Fellowship of Churches, this free family fun Easter weekend event was enjoyed by more than 750 kids last year.

Due to the limited space of the park, organizers are making this year’s egg hunt even safer for the little ones and will do everything possible to assure a fun, safe and memorable experience for everyone.

There will also be special entertainment, music and extra surprises such as a visit from the “Easter Panda.” Rain or shine, the Easter Egg Hunt will happen.

The event is sponsored by 14 Christian churches throughout the Columbia Gorge.

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