‘Egg-Stravaganza’ returns Saturday

Duane Hicks

The local Kiwanis Club and The Shops on Scott (BIA) are gearing up for the fifth-annual “Egg-Stravaganza” event in downtown Fort Frances.
The event, which sees children come to the Rainy Lake Square, get a map of participating businesses, and then go to each one to collect Easter candy, is slated for this Saturday (March 31) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lead organizer Diane Maxey said 16 participating locations will giving out goodies, with another 33 businesses supporting the event through donations ranging from candy to toothbrushes.
“We’re thrilled,” she enthused. “The response has been extremely generous and we so appreciate it.”
“It’s for a great cause,” Maxey noted, adding helping kids is part of the club’s mandate.
Maxey said the forecast is calling for cloudy and cooler conditions for Saturday but added it will be fine as long as it doesn’t rain or snow.
“We’re hoping that we’ll get a good turnout again,” she remarked.
“People really enjoy it,” Maxey added. “We’ve had a lot of wonderful responses from the area residents.
“This is our fifth one and it’s pretty exciting,” she noted.
“We’re hoping everyone will come down.”
With the exception of starting and ending at the new Rainy Lake Square, the event will run much like in previous years.
Children are asked to bring along their own baskets or bags for treats, and stop by the Rainy Lake Square to get a map.
The kids then can proceed through the downtown area–getting their maps stamped at participating businesses and gathering treats–before finishing up back at the Rainy Lake Square.
All participants will have their name entered in a draw for prizes donated by local businesses, including one of three new bikes donated by Flint House, T-Bone Consulting, and Maple Street Photography and Design.
The prize draws will take place just after 1 p.m.
Maxey stressed while parents and children don’t necessarily have to come at the 11 a.m. start time, kids must have their maps turned in by 1 p.m. sharp to be eligible for the prize draws.
At the Rainy Lake Square, families can enjoy a barbecued lunch for $4 per person. There also be bunny cakes and doughnuts for sale.
As well, the Easter Bunny will be hopping its way around Scott Street, making itself available for photo ops with kids.
Parent/guardians are reminded to bring their camera.
Last year’s “Egg-Stravaganza” drew about 400 children.