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The Daily American - West Frankfort, IL
  • ‘Egg’-citing Easter Hunt news

  • Horse carriage rides to follow March 30 hunt
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  • Easter is going to be early this year, so plans are already in the works for the March 30 Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Southern Illinois SCARE Association.
    All children up to 11 years-old will be invited to participate in the spring festivities including an age-appropriate Easter egg hunt and horse-drawn carriage ride.
    Working from last years’ attendance average, Tara Fasol-Chambers, the founder and president of SCARE and city council member are projecting a large number of participants. Last year, the group expected 50 youngsters, then was surprised when 250 antsy children  waited eagerly for their chance to fill their baskets with brightly colored eggs.
    "When you start something that has never been done or bring back something that hasn't been done in years, you really don't have a good foundation for knowing what to expect, she said. "We've done things that we thought would be a hit and literally had nobody show up.  Now we know to plan big because parents and kids missed this West Frankfort tradition."
    The Easter egg hunt will be segregated into three separate groups: walking up to age 4, 5-7 years and finally 8-11 years old. Each group will be cordoned off so no one has an unfair advantage over another. The group is encouraging parents to help the youngest ones navigate their journey through the spring grass, while older children will be left to their own "I-spy" devices.
    "It's a big open area, so you can see your kids fine," Fasol-Chambers said.
    Children will have a variety of eggs to hunt including some with prize notes inside.  The boy and girl from each age group who find the most eggs total, will be awarded with a "big prize."
    SCARE is operated by gifts and donations. All money is allocated to community-need projects.
    "We are always looking for folks who can donate toward the prizes or egg purchase costs. Volunteers are also encouraged to help kids find their way to their age group or sign up for the pony rides," Fasol-Chambers said.
    "We love the support we always get in our town. We are always looking to add new people to our list of volunteers. "
    The Easter egg hunt will be held March 30 at 11 a.m. at the Frankfort Area Historical Museum. Horse and carriage rides will be available for a small fee, with all proceeds going to charity, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information on this event, please contact Tara Fasol-Chambers at 618-923-5576, or by email at tchambers@activist.com.

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