Easter events begin this weekend
ARENAC COUNTY — Children looking to score some Easter eggs full of candy or meet the Easter Bunny will have plenty of chances over the next couple of weekends.
Au Gres is getting the community celebrations started, hosting breakfast with the Easter Bunny April 12 at 9 a.m. Event coordinator Misty Harmon said the breakfast is being held in the Au Gres-Sims multipurpose room. She said a donation to help pay for Jayden Fair’s medical expenses is required to eat breakfast and participate in the activities afterward.
Harmon said two egg hunts will be held after the breakfast, with the first one starting at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Children will be broken up into two age groups for the egg hunts, and the second one is slated to begin around noon, according to Harmon.
She said children will also be able to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.
The following day, April 13, a free Easter egg hunt is being help at the Deep River Township Park by the Friends of the Arenac County Sheriff K-9 Unit.
“K-9 Sonic will be doing some demonstrations for kids to see,” said egg hunt organizer Jody Wilk. “The Sterling Fire Department will have a fire truck there.”
Children will be divided into age groups: 0-3 years, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, Wilk said. A grand-prize winner from each age group will receive a gift card during the egg hunt, according to Wilk. The egg hunt begins at 2 p.m., and will be moved inside the park’s pavilion if it is raining.
The following weekend the Deep River Township Park will host another Easter egg hunt when the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 390 of Arenac County hosts its annual egg hunt. Ron Branda, with the Vietnam vets, said the group plans to once again give away bikes.
“We try to give away four, one in each age category,” he said.
Age groups for the egg hunt are 0-4, 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12, Branda said. The event, which begins at 11 a.m., typically has a pretty large turnout, Branda said.
“We average right around 100,” he said. “Some years we’ve had a little more, other years we’ve had a little bit less.”
Like the K-9 egg hunt, Branda said a Sterling Area Fire Department truck is expected to be on the grounds, sounding its horn to start the hunt.
“We try to get the fire truck out there so we can fire off and the kids like to look at the fire truck,” he said.
Alger Parks and Rec will also hold an Easter egg hunt April 19. The Alger celebration starts at 1 p.m. and is being held at the Dwight Schaff Memorial Park. Marion Chard, chairwoman of Alger Parks and Rec, said like the other egg hunts, children will be broken up into divisions based on age, with 0- to 4-year olds, 5- to 8-year olds and 9- to 12-year olds doing separate egg hunts.
The Alger egg hunts will be held on the baseball fields, weather permitting. If it is raining, Chard said the hunts will be held in the park pavilion.