EGGstravaganza kicks off Easter celebrations here

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Children fan out across Morgan Park, Petersburg, looking for eggs Saturday morning.

By Karen Hall


Children of all ages hunted eggs, played games, and made friends with the Easter Bunny when Petersburg held its annual EGGstravaganza in Morgan Park Saturday morning.

The Easter Bunny arrived by fire truck, and no sooner had he climbed down from his perch than children were rushing up to pat him, shake his hand and get their pictures taken.

Inside the bunny suit was volunteer fireman Jared Fullerton. The costume didn't allow him to talk, so his interpreter was Fire Chief Bobby Jett.

Petersburg Parks and Recreation had 2,000 eggs to hide. For the youngest children, the eggs were on the grass, but as the groups of children got older, the eggs were better concealed -- among the flowers, under benches, and so on.

Some of the eggs contained cash; each group had a total of $15 cash in their eggs. The one and two-year-olds could have an adult to carry their basket, but had to pick up the eggs themselves. The older children had to carry their own baskets, and the biggest group was composed of kindergarteners, first and second graders.

"If you see an egg you better pick it up," organizer Bridgette Smith told children as they waited to start. "There might be some in the buttercups. The big money prize egg is hidden really well."

In fact, it was underneath the bench County Commissioner Anna Childress was sitting on.

"They've been doing this for a few years," she said. "They have so many volunteers and activities."

Childress attended ninth grade at Petersburg High School, housed in the Morgan School building which still overlooks the park.

"It makes me smile to think of that," she said. Childress remembers doing a biology lesson in the park: each student had a 3-by-3-foot square marked off, and had to document everything in it. She remembers finding violets and wild strawberries in her square.

The next event in Petersburg will be Petersburg Proud Day on Saturday, June 21.

"The day will start off with our annual 5K," wrote Smith in an email. "We are planning a beach theme this year, and Marshall Spacewalk is renting us a dunking booth and water slide. There will be the Jerry Thornton Memorial Cruise In, and beach games. We'll also have live music, food, and vendors. This is our largest event each year."

Don't miss it -- whatever the season, people seem to have a good time in Petersburg!