, Muskogee, OK

April 3, 2013

Eggs-citing Easter

— By Dale Ann Deffer

Times Correspondent

Here comes Peter Cottontail — a larger than life size Easter bunny who was on hand to lead the fun Saturday at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ.

It was a day to laugh and have fun with friends and siblings for the children who came out to choose colored eggs from the nearly 2,000 set out on the grass across from the church.

Each child ages 3-9 brought along their individual decorated baskets to pick up as many eggs as they could carry.

Despite the early morning downpour, the sun came out just in time for a holiday weekend traditional hunt.

“Our church really enjoys putting this on. It is an opportunity for kids, their parents and grandparents to have a great time on a very special weekend,” Youth Minister Barrett Vanlandingham said, as he lined up the children according to ages before they scurried out on the field running and laughing.

Although the lawn was wet, no one seemed to care.

Also on hand was a super-sized blow up jumping castle where children lined up to have some trampoline-like thrills.

Each egg contained candy, toys or coupons, even a dollar coin, said Outreach Deacon, Everett Laney, who was present to lead the event. Hot dogs and lemonade were served as a snack.

When several children were asked what they loved about Easter, they all chimed in, “Easter eggs.”