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April 8, 2014

Farmington to hold Easter Egg hunt Saturday

FAIRMONT — The Town of Farmington is getting ready for an Easter celebration for the whole community.

The annual Easter egg hunt for children ages 12 and under is scheduled for Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., at the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. There is no cost to attend.

This holiday event, in its fourth year, is sponsored by Town Council with support from Farmington Homecoming Inc. (FHI) and the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.

Mayor Donna Costello said a lot of people come out for the festivities every year. During each of the last two years, the event drew about 75 to 100 kids.

“It started out just trying to do something new and ... keep something going for the kids here in town,” she said. “It just continues to grow.”

The actual egg hunt will take place right across the road from the fire hall. Costello explained that resident Mary Manchin is kind enough to allow the town to use the yard of her home for the occasion. The Easter Bunny’s helpers will hide more than 1,000 eggs filled with candy and other special treats.

The yard will be divided into sections for the different age groups, from 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-12 years old. A variety of golden eggs will be designated for each group and filled with tickets for prizes that are age appropriate, from coloring books and crayons to kites and DVDs.

Luckily, the weather is expected to be perfect for the event, Costello said.

Following the Easter egg hunt, the kids will return to the fire hall to visit with the Easter Bunny. Face painting, which is very popular with the kids, will also be available. Participants can enjoy cupcakes and popcorn, and get free treat bags, too.

In addition, the day will include an egg drop contest. All kids are encouraged to design a package to keep a raw egg safe, and then the entries will be dropped from a ladder truck. A prize will go to the device that allows the egg to survive the fall without breaking.

Between the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny’s visit and the extra offerings, this free event creates a lot of fun for the kids, Costello said.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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