Sunday, August 2, 2015

Easter egg hunt coming up here

It may not feel like spring just yet but the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club, along with “The Shops on Scott Street,” are planning their first-annual Community Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m.-noon.
“Kiwanis wanted to host an event in the community for kids since their focus is on kids,” noted member Toey Bone.

She said the club provides funds to local groups and organizations so it often is holding fundraisers—but not this time.
“The Easter committee wanted to do an event that was just a fun, free event that brought the community together and wasn’t going to be asking for too much from anyone,” Bone explained.
The Kiwanis Club asked downtown businesses to take part by either handing out treats supplied by the business, having a mini egg hunt or other activities within their store, or making a donation towards the event.
“Each business can participate to whatever extent they want,” Bone said, adding the club has 30-40 businesses that are participating in some capacity.
“Most businesses were pretty excited,” she noted. “Some are planning scavenger hunts; others will have sidewalk chalk out.
“They are all really on board with this idea.”
And other organizations are getting involved, too.
“The Sea Cadets are going to set up a table downtown, as well as one of the swim clubs,” Bone said.
“So there are really a lot of people getting involved.”
The event will see children and their caregivers starting out at Ink Spotz Apparel+ (279 Scott St.) to pick up their empty Easter basket and passport, which will indicate the participating businesses from the 100-300 blocks of Scott Street to stop at.
“The children will proceed through the downtown trying to get their entire passports stamped,” Bone remarked.
Upon completing the “hunt,” children will end up at the Fort Frances Museum, where there will be a few activities.
“There will be a bunny mascot available for picture-taking and a refreshment table,” said Bone, adding there also will be several draws for children to enter.
“There was a bike donated as the grand prize,” she said. “And we will have a number of Easter baskets.”
Bone said some of the baskets will include items donated by businesses not in the downtown area.
“We’re really encouraging people to come out and have fun, whether you have to with an umbrella or snowshoes,” she chuckled.
She also stressed it’s open to kids of all ages from Rainy River District.
The club is prepared for 200 kids. But if they have more than that, more baskets and treats will be purchased.
“Everything is coming along and we’re really excited for this event,” Bone enthused.
“We just hope the kids come out to participate.”

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