- Fairbury News staff
An egg-cellent day
Saturday was a day full of egg hunts and other activities throughout the area.
The First Baptist Church of Fairbury held its annual Easter egg hunt on the church lawn during a blustery yet sunny morning. Close to 200 kids plus adults participated as the Boys and Girls Club partners with the church for the event and some folks from Serenity Villa in Fairbury help stuff the eggs with candy.
“We are thankful for them,” said First Baptist Pastor Daryl Evans. “So many hands are involved.”
Eric Prendergast of Forrest and his daughter, Amelia, always enjoy the annual hunt. In fact, they attend many events hosted by the church.
“My seven-year-old has a great time and it’s a great place and great family event,” he said.
“You get eggs and learn about Jesus,” stated Amelia, as she peaked into her basket full of eggs.
It is a tradition for Michelle Ciulla of Fairbury and her kids to attend the Easter egg hunt.
“We love it, we come here every year,” Ciulla explained.
The young Cameron Alverson predicted his newly-collected small plastic eggs contained Kit-Kat candy bars, Snickers and Reece’s peanut butter cups. This was the first official egg hunt of the year for Cameron.
“You get a story inside about Jesus then come out here and get a whole bunch of eggs,” he said.
Several miles to the southeast, the small town of Strawn also hosted an Easter egg hunt in the park with prizes and food inside the fire station. Kids had the chance to meet the Easter bunny and take photos while seeing all of the fire trucks. The first 50 children received a basket. The event returned on Saturday after a few years off due to COVID.
“Everybody looks forward to it,” notes Strawn Mayor Gena Vernon. “It’s our only gathering for the year.”
Word travels fast as there was a good crowd in Strawn. The hunt is posted to the town’s Facebook page and several people shared the information. Once the 0-11 year old children hunted for eggs outside, family members stayed for lunch inside.
“Kids can see the fire trucks and do face paintings. We have hot dogs, sno-cones and popcorn,” added Vernon.
A different type of egg hunt for adults was held at Hoffman House: TakeFive, Sisters Inn in Fairbury at midday Saturday. The wine bar was open, Monster Grilled Cheese & More served food and special guest Christopher Clemens serenaded guests with his guitar.