Hunting season kicked off last weekend and swings into full motion Saturday. Egg hunting, that is.
This year Easter egg hunts across Douglas County will delight children as they scramble for colorful plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes.
Lifespan Respite Care started the festivities last Saturday at Eastwood Elementary in Roseburg with its fourth annual egg hunt for people with disabilities. Up next is the Callahan Village egg hunt at 6 p.m. Friday at the senior living center, 1801 Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. That celebration is open to children ages newborn through 12. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Also on Friday, the Central Douglas County YMCA will host its Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt starting at 8 p.m. The hunt is free to YMCA members and $10 per family for non-members.
Egg hunts will be held across the county Saturday. Roseburg and Camas Valley hunts will take place in the morning. Elkton, Sutherlin, Myrtle Creek, Canyonville, Oakland, Lookingglass and the Church of God of Prophecy are hosting searches in the early afternoon. The Church on the Rise and Henry Estate Winery are also putting on egg hunts and Easter celebrations this weekend. Please see the A&E calendar for details on these festivities.
Lookingglass egg hunt coordinator Tacy Hite said the annual celebration is a long-standing tradition put on by the elementary school. She said her favorite part is watching the younger children inspect each egg before they pick it up. They are in no hurry at that age, she said with a laugh.
“I like that it brings a lot of families together, the kids have a lot of fun. I like just the squealing of fun from the little kids,” she said.
Lions club member Greg Logan is co-organizing the Elkton egg hunt at the Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 State Highway 38, again this year. Last year they had between 70 and 80 kids younger than 10 participate, and are hoping for similar numbers this year, he said.
“If the weather holds, it’s going to be a happy day,” he said.
Brooke Communications is sponsoring this year the annual Roseburg hunt for more than 10,000 candy and prize-filled eggs at 10 a.m. Saturday at Stewart Park. Activities include face painting and a photo booth for photos with the Easter Bunny.
Families also can celebrate the season from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Henry Estate Winery, 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua. The winery is hosting an egg hunt from 3 to 4 p.m. for children and adults. The festivities will include wine tasting, face painting, a petting zoo and a visit from the Easter bunny. Entry for the event is $8 per carload.
Sutherlin will celebrate its 29th annual Easter egg hunt 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sutherlin West Intermediate School, 531 W. Comstock Road.
Coordinator Gina Braack said she stocks up on Easter goodies after the holiday each year and stores the merchandise for the next year.
Volunteers stuffed 3,300 eggs with candy and paper slips for prizes last week in preparation for the big event. Prizes include gift certificates from restaurants such as McDonald’s and Dairy Queen.
She said kids light up when they find a paper slip.
“Their eyes are as big as the moon, and they have a great big smile, they’re so pleased with themselves,” she said.
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