CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sierra Strait, 8, and Joseph Snodgrass stuff Easter eggs at Living Stones Community Church Wednesday for a city egg hunt Saturday. With 20,000 eggs to stuff, Snodgrass, the church’s children’s pastor, said volunteers plan to work most of Thursday.
Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across lawns for children to hunt in Clovis, Portales and Texico on Saturday.
All egg hunts are free and open to the public.
Joan Martinez-Terry, a member of the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said she thinks the annual Portales Easter egg hunt is a good way to show children that volunteering and working together is a good thing while also allowing them to have fun.
“I think we need to set an example for the youth of the future and give the kids a little bit of joy,” Terry said. “The kids make it worth it cause you can see that it makes them happy doing it.”
Terry said the event has volunteers who will be hiding the eggs and people from the community have donated already-filled eggs. She said the committee has collected more than 500 eggs and anticipates having several hundred more by Saturday.
“I think it’s a great thing,” Terry said. “For me, it’s to let kids know it’s good to volunteer, that you can get a lot done when you volunteer and work together.”
Bill Bizzell, Clovis director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said the annual Clovis Easter egg hunt was originally started four years ago by a Clovis zoo group — Clovis Animal Rehabilitation and Educational Services (CARES). Bizzell said it provides a quality family-oriented event for residents.
“We want to get activities that the whole family can join in and enjoy,” Bizzell said. “I take pride in the fact that we can have an event sponsored by several groups that can provide some quality time for families in the park.”
The event will include four different egg hunts for four different age groups: Toddlers through 2 years old; children 3 to 5 years old; children 6 to 8 years old and children 9 to 10 years old.
Bizzell said several Clovis organizations will be there to talk to families, including the Clovis fire and police departments and face painting will be provided.
He said the zoo will also offer free admission to residents for the day.
“That’s our mission, is to supply quality and family oriented events like this,” Bizzell said. “It will just be a day in the park.”
The Texico Assembly of God is making its reopening debut Saturday with its own Easter event, which will include egg dying, egg hunting, lunch and a concert along with prizes, t-shirt giveaways and a bounce house.
Cathy Bullington, pastor of the church, said the church is re-opening its doors after closing six months ago.
“It’s to let the community know we are here and reopening the church and to reach out to kids,” Bullington said. “But of course, adults are welcome too.”
All three Easter egg hunts will include prize eggs, which will win children a toy.
Schedule of events —
The Living Last Supper:
When: 7:30 p.m. Today
Where: First United Methodist Church in Portales.
Ages: All ages.
Clovis Easter egg hunt:
When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Hillcrest Park.
Ages: 2-10 years.
Portales Easter egg hunt:
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Portales Softball Complex on Industrial Drive.
Ages: 10 and under.
Texico Assembly of God easter event:
When: 10 a.m. egg coloring; Noon lunch; 1 p.m. egg hunt; 2 p.m. concert Saturday.
Where: Texico Assembly of God north Anderson Street in Texico.
Ages: 5-11 years.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.
Ages: 11 and under for egg hunt; all ages for other events.