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Egg hunts draw big crowds

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The consensus on Saturday morning was the same: the groundhog and the Easter Bunny are in cahoots.

No one was complaining about it, though, as temperatures soared to 60 degrees and the skies were sunny for the fourth annual Easter Eggstravaganza on the lawn of the Cabell County Courthouse. Hundreds turned out to snatch up a basket full of some of the 10,000 candy- and prize-stuffed Easter eggs scattered across the property.

"The groundhog had it wrong, but it looks like the Easter Bunny worked his magic," said Ruth Barnes, as she watched her grandchildren scurry around the courthouse lawn. "And, that's fine with me. It's a beautiful day for an egg hunt."

Saturday's egg hunt was presented by The Dawg. Kindred Communications President and General Manager Mike Kirtner said the Easter event is a sister celebration to the company's annual Halloweenfest, also held at the courthouse.

"It's very important to us to give freely to the families in the area, just as we've done for more than two decades in the fall," Kirtner said.

This year's Eggstravaganza featured more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Kirtner said he was happy to help fill up Tri-State area childrens' Easter baskets.

"Our goal is that no one goes home without something in their basket," he said.

The event also featured free inflatables for the kids, an added bonus according to Shelly Wilson, who was making her third visit to the annual event.

"My kids like the inflatables as much as the eggs, and it's a good way for them to burn off energy after eating the candy," Wilson said, with a laugh. "They should be good and ready for a nap when we get home."

The Cabell County Courthouse was far from the only venue hosting Easter-themed fun Saturday. Charlie's Harley-Davidson in Huntington hosted its own egg hunt and offered pictures with the Easter Bunny from noon to 3 p.m, and The Good Samaritan Church egg hunt at Harveytown Park kicked off at 12:30 p.m.

The 10th annual community egg hunt at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Proctorville is one of the area's largest, with upwards of 30,000 eggs ripe for the picking by eager young hands. In addition to the main event, costumed characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Elmo and more favorites were in attendance, and the event also featured live entertainment, games, food and inflatables.

Guyandotte's annual egg hunt was slated for 1 p.m. at the Madie Carroll House, and Milton's community egg hunt rounded out the day's scavenging at April Dawn Park later in the afternoon.

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