Saturday was an egg-cellent day to gather Easter eggs.
Though not the traditional egg hunts — this year in drive-thru mode — families attended area events to provide some Easter fun for their children.
The Friends of the Bailey Library, for example, planned its drive-thru event to have something fun for families after last year’s hunt was canceled. And while Aspen Ridge Church’s MOPS group had planned a more traditional hunt this year, the melted snow turned the areas into mud. Hence, its drive-thru event.
“Anything for kids is my philosophy,” said Kirk Crawford, a Bailey volunteer. “In a small community, there’s not a lot for kids to do.”
“This is good exposure for the library,” said his wife, Betty Crawford, a board member with the Friends. “The Friends have a good heart for doing things like this.”
For the kids, it was about getting eggs, some candy, stickers and toys. Moore Lumber and Ace Hardware in Bailey donated baby chick toys for the attendees.
Yet the highlight was meeting the Easter bunny’s representatives. The younger children waved, excited for their bunny visit and a lot of photos were taken. They called their visits cool and awesome.
Aaron Faust had the honor of representing the Easter bunny at Aspen Ridge Church, noting that youth group members vie for the job each year.
While children didn’t get to find eggs in a traditional hunt, parent Ben Warren of Evergreen said he was happy that organizers at Aspen Ridge Church adapted to provide something fun for them to celebrate Easter. Warren brought Jacob, 10, Kate, 7, and Livi, 4, to get in on the Easter egg action.
Lindsey McIver of Conifer, who drove to Aspen Ridge Church with her husband, Alan, and children Lexi, 9, Kloe, 6, and Jace, 7, called the event something festive to do for Easter. She volunteered at previous egg hunts.
At the Bailey Library, Friends of the Bailey Library President Linda Henley said the Easter egg hunt had grown for years until it was canceled last year because of COVID-19. The group was expecting a large turnout Saturday, and a steady stream of cars rolled into the lot.
Shiloh Martinez brought 3-year-old Charlee, who was excited to see the Easter bunny. Shiloh said she saw information about the event on Facebook and decided to do “a little something” for Charlee for Easter.
Ksenia Love was glad that Logan, 3, had a chance to celebrate Easter since Logan didn’t get to participate in an egg hunt last year.
“This is something that helps bring a sense of community,” Ksenia said. “We missed this activity.”