Community enjoys Easter weekend with egg hunts, more

Mar. 31—GOSHEN — This Easter weekend, Goshen saw both a time-honored and a first-time holiday event.

On Sunday, Grace Community Church hosted its annual Easter egg hunt, which got underway after morning services ended.

"Our son and his wife go to church here, and we came for the Easter egg hunt with our grandchildren," said Tanya Yoder, who was at the event shortly before the hunt took off at 1:30 p.m.

Josh Brown, son of GCC Pastor Jim Brown, was at the event with his wife Jess and their daughter Adalie, who is almost 1 year old.

"We're excited for her first Easter egg hunt," Brown said. "This is a great day. It's Resurrection Sunday."

After the last remaining kids who were still inside the church for services headed outside, the hunts got underway after a short countdown from 10, with a few kids taking off at about 4 or 3. In addition, the Goshen Fire Department set up an aerial ladder, from which the Cash and Candy Drop took place next.

SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA

For the first time ever, "Spring Eggstravaganza" came to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Saturday.

Amanda Schutz, community engagement coordinator for the fairgrounds, said the free event, designed to support the community, was going "really well" shortly after 10 a.m.

"We've had over 750 registered ahead of time, and we have close to 40 community sponsors who've given time, donations, egg fillers and giveaways," Schutz said. "They are here today providing activities and sharing some of the upcoming activities."

An Easter egg run took off at 10:30 a.m., many participants wore Easter colors and little fire helmets. The Goshen Fire Department gave kids a chance to sit in the cab a fire engine, with Ozinga offering the same for its concrete mixer. Kids and adults alike also got the chance to visit a petting zoo.

"We've enjoyed it so far," said Bridget Sevy, Syracuse, who visited with her son Eugene, 5.

Holly Lambdin, Goshen, visited with her children and was impressed with the variety of activities the event offered.

"I'm surprised how much they have in one event," Lambdin said. "I think it's nice that they had it so close to Easter."

Community sponsors included Bashor's Childrens' Home, Ryan's Place, the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County, the Goshen Public Library, the Elkhart Public Library and others.

"Thank you to all the community sponsors and for those who came out," Schutz added.

Steve Wilson is news editor for The Goshen News. You can reach him at steve.wilson@goshennews.com.