Briarcliff easter egg hunt (copy)

Children aged 8 and under enjoyed an Easter egg hunt at Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Facility in 2019.

At least four Easter Egg Hunts are being planned for the community’s children this weekend.

The first will be Friday, April 2 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Turner Alumni Center. There will be two on Saturday, April 3 — the first at 10 a.m. at the Central Baptist Church Activity Center, and the second at 2 p.m. outside the Carthage Civic Center. Sunday morning First Baptist Church will host an egg hunt at 9:30 a.m.

Friday’s hunt at the Turner Alumni building will include three special eggs with money in them for the kids to find among all many other candy filled eggs, Felita Ewins said.

“We needed something for the kids to do; everybody’s just been kind of shut in with the pandemic going on, and we just wanted something to kind of break the monotony for the kids to get out, and of course for the kids that are coming out, the parents are having a chance to get out,” Ewins said. “It’s somewhere where it’s outdoors and you have a little bit more space and not to have be inside where you’ve got to have the masks and a little more enclosed and more possible chance of someone getting infected.

“So it’s just something that we wanted to do for the community to kind of break the monotony of the COVID pandemic... this’ll be the first one that we’re doing as an alumni group, so we’re excited to see how many people are gonna show up and to watch them hunt these eggs.”

The 2 p.m. egg hunt outside the Carthage Civic Center on Saturday is going to have 10,000 eggs, Fernando Riordan said. There will also be ice cream from the Classic Ice Cream Truck, Twisted Hickory Barbeque, face painting by Kortlyn Dunn, a bounce house and more. A couple of eggs will include raffle tickets for possible free ice cream and free barbeque.

“It’s going to give a lot of people who maybe didn’t have things to do something to do,” Riordan said. “It’ll bring a lot of people together as far as, maybe people that didn’t know each other, they’re going to recognize each other and say ‘Hey I remember you!’ So it’s kind of just to bring people together and it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it’s going to be something great for the community and something fun to bring the community together.”

Riordan said admission is free, and it’s also free to become a vendor. Those interested in becoming a vendor or wanting more information can call him at (318) 401-7887 or Shannon at (903) 690-4556.

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