It takes a whole village to sponsor the annual Sallisaw Egg-stremely Egg-cellent Egg Hunt.
The egg hunt will be held March 31 this year, which is the Saturday before Easter Sunday, at the ballfields on McGee Street, east of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.
Terri Long is coordinating the egg hunt with the assistance of Tina Branham, representing Journey Church and Elim Full Gospel Church. Many other Sallisaw churches are joining in due to the popularity of the event. Long said at least 1,500 youngsters, age infant to 12, and their families are expected to participate.
The entire event is free.
The fun will begin at 9:30 a.m. with activities for children, including face painting, bounce-arounds, games, and foods including hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn.
At 11 a.m. a praise and worship service will be held followed by the egg hunt.
Long explained that various churches have agreed to split up the egg hunt this year, and individual churches will be hiding eggs at each of the ballfields. At the ballfields, Field 1 will be for infants to two-year-olds; Field 2 will be for ages 3- to 5-year-olds; Field 3 will be for ages 6- to 8-year-olds; and Field 4 will be for children ages 9 through 12.
The children will be hunting for over 25,000 eggs that the Sallisaw churches have agreed to stuff with candy and other goodies. Long said over 100 eggs will include special numbers that will entitle the finder to special gifts.
“We have everything from sidewalk chalk to bicycles,” Long said. “Every child will be a winner.”
Sallisaw churches and businesses are donating the time and money to fill the Easter eggs with candy and prizes, but Long said organizers can use all the help they can get. A donation of $150 or more will designate the donor as a Golden Egg Sponsor; a donation of $76 to $149 will get the donor a Silver Egg Sponsor designation; and a donation of candy or money up to $75 will get the donor a Bronze Egg Sponsorship.
Donations may be sent to Elim Full Gospel Church, Atten. Terri Long, City Wide Easter Egg Hunt, 814 E. Cherokee, Sallisaw, Ok. 74955.
“We appreciate any help,” Long said. “We want community unity in the Body of Christ and to work for the community.”
For more information contact Long at Journey Church at 918-774-0670 or on her cell phone at 918-776-5211, or contact Branham at 918-774-4213 or Elim Church a 918-776-0554.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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