DOBSON — If years past are any indication of the happenings at future events, children will swarm to Fisher River Park this weekend for a few Easter treats.
The cost for a child to gather Easter eggs is only one food canned food item, which will be donated to local food banks.
Surry County Parks and Recreation will host its 15th annual Easter egg hunt at Fisher River Park in Dobson Saturday. The event begins at noon.
According to parks and recreation spokesperson Bradley Key, hundreds of children have attended the annual event in years past. This year 6,000 eggs filled with either candy or a small toy will litter the grounds of the park.
Children will be broken into age groups, said Key. Those 3-years-old and younger will comprise one group. 4- to 6-year-olds will compete for candy-filled eggs among themselves, and those 7-years-old and older will form their own group.
Key said there will also be three “golden eggs” at the hunt. The child who finds that egg in each age-group will be awarded an Easter basket filled with “goodies.”
The event will feature face-painting, crafts and other activities. Local emergency responders will also have equipment on display, according to Key. Additionally, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the egg hunt.
In the event Mother Nature does not cooperate with the Easter egg hunt plans, a “drive-through egg pick-up” will take the place of the hunt, according to Key. Children will be able to get their Easter treats without braving rain or other inclement conditions.
Key added while the hunt doesn’t begin until noon, the other activities at the park kick off at 10 a.m. and will last until 1 p.m. Those attending the event should enter the park at the soccer field entrance.
Key indicated a similar event will be hosted by the Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Department the following Saturday.
For further information contact the parks and recreation department at 401-8245.
Andy is a staff writer and can be reached at 415-4698.