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Massive free Easter egg hunt happening this weekend

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:48 am

Five-year-old Olivia Bugala braved some chilly temperatures to take part in an Easter egg hunt on April 12 at Kings Heights Apartments.
Five-year-old Olivia Bugala braved some chilly temperatures to take part in an Easter egg hunt on April 12 at Kings Heights Apartments.
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On April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., East Lake Park will transform into a free Easter extravaganza thanks to the annual Easter celebration hosted by Living Springs Christian Fellowship Church.

Last year, the church hid about 100,000 eggs but this year, about 150,000 Easter eggs will be hidden throughout the park. That many eggs amounts to about three quarters of a ton of chocolate.

“Last year (the eggs) were gone in about 10 to 15 minutes,” said organizer Peggy Buzzard, “so we decided to increase them a bit.”

Easter egg hunters are asked to bring their own basket to the hunt, which will have a separate area for kids ages five and under.

The fun doesn’t stop at the egg hunt, as there will also be face painting, a bouncy slide and an additional bouncy structure for younger kids, bouncy horse races, and race to pop balloons called Balloon Buster.

“The weather is supposed to be good so just come out and enjoy some family time together,” Buzzard said.

The event will also have free doughnuts, coffee and hot chocolate while supplies last and chances to win some gift cards for Heritage Park, Indigo Books and Toys “R” Us.

The celebration will also feature a performance from the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda at 11 a.m. The choir will also perform at the church on April 26 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Established in 1994, the Watoto Children’s Choir travels internationally as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa that have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.

The choir will be signing up sponsors and selling fair trade items at the April 26 concerts, and money raised will go towards the Living Hope program, which helps transform the lives of women in Kampala and war torn Gulu in northern Uganda.

The entire celebration including the concert is free and the church has been hosting it for about 10 years, and Buzzard said the event usually draws about 4,000 people if the weather is good.

“We do it just as a gift to the community to bless people,” Buzzard said.


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