MIAMI COUNTY — Last week’s chilly weather and gray skies took a break just in time for families to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday with a number of Easter egg hunts held over the weekend.
“This is all about touching the lives of kids with no strings attached,” Pastor Don Solin of Fields of Grace Worship Center in Covington said.
Held at the Covington Community Park on Saturday, Field’s of Grace’s Easter egg hunt was open to newborns to 11-year-olds in the surrounding community. While the egg hunts didn’t officially begin until around 1:15 p.m., families started showing up over an hour ahead of time with approximately 1,350 people total in attendance. The Easter Bunny along with Ronald McDonald were available for pictures.
“It is just wonderful,” Administrative Outreach Coordinator Sherry Furrow said. “It’s just a really great thing, and we’re just so glad to be able to do this for the surrounding community.”
Fields of Grace had around 26,000 Easter eggs, 23 Easter baskets, and 13 bikes to give away on Saturday. Children were also divided up into six age groups with each egg group featuring one egg that had the prize of one free Happy Meal from McDonald’s per week for a year, donated by the Scott Family McDonald’s.
“They actually reached out to us,” Furrow said. Furrow thanked them as well as expressed appreciation for the village of Covington, Covington Fire and Rescue, Finfrock Construction and Roger Finfrock, and the 30-40 volunteers at the event. “It’s a community effort,” Furrow said.
“We came to celebrate,” Christina Millet of Piqua said. Millet brought her daughter Tesla Hamman, who is 20 months old. Millet said that she was very excited to bring Hamman to her first Easter egg hunt, who was ready to be festive with a brightly-colored tutu wrapped around her Easter basket.
Many attendees at the Easter egg hunt were either continuing family traditions or looking to start ones.
“We wanted to start a family tradition,” Adam Andregeio of Troy said. Saturday was Andregeio and his family’s first time at the Fields of Grace Easter egg hunt.
This was the seventh year in a row Fields of Grace held one of the largest Easter egg hunts in the county, matched by the Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, which featured 50,000 candy-filled eggs.
Ginghamsburg Church held their Easter egg hunt Saturday morning the front lawn of the church, 5769 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City. The church held a live drama depicting the experience and story of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Kids also enjoyed crafts, games, a petting zoo, a visit from the Easter bunny, and snacks, hot chocolate, and more. Each hunt zone was broken down into four different age groups, and each hunt zone also included prize eggs and golden eggs that are redeemable for large prize items.
Also held on Saturday morning, the Christian Life Center (CLC), located at 865 County Road 25-A in Piqua, held their “Egg-Venture” event, which featured multiple Easter egg hunts inside their church and bouncy castles outside in addition to food and other prizes.
“For us, it’s about a free family fun day,” Pastor David Dyess of the CLC said. “This is a way that our church can let the community know we care about them and what’s going on in their lives.”
Jacklin and Erika Powell of Lockington brought Carson, 18 months, and Zoe, 2, to the event for some family fun.
“Just Easter egg hunting with the kids,” Erika said.
Another community member attends the Dayton CLC and came out to support the Piqua CLC, saying, “We thought this would just be a fun event.”
“I brought my granddaughter,” Rod Lucas of Sidney said. “This is really nice for the kids.”
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