SOUTH FORK— Bright blue skies and warm spring air greeted children of all ages this weekend in South Fork for their annual Easter Day celebrations. Rickel Park was full of the sounds of laughter and good fun on Saturday, April 15 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny himself made an appearance and helped with the celebrations throughout the day. Visitor Center Director Mark Teders took a moment to explain the rules for the egg hunt and direct excited children to the best areas in the park to look for Easter spoils.
The day did not end there as this year the town decided to add a new event and hold a kite fest to the agenda. The afternoon was the perfect day for flying kites with strong winds that made the colorful pieces fly up into the air and fill the sky like a work of art. The town provided kits for those that needed them or people could bring their own. The day was a huge success and officials hope to continue the tradition well into the future.
Thanks to several donations from local businesses and residents, there were enough eggs and prizes for everyone who attended the hunt. Teders helped with activities after the hunt was over and the Easter Bunny made his rounds so that people could snap a picture for memories to last a lifetime. It was a great way to welcome spring and ring in the Easter holiday with fun for all ages.
The South Fork Easter Egg Hunt was not the only celebrations happening throughout the Valley this year. While preparations for Saturday’s fun were still underway, the South Fork Kiwanis branch was busy providing Easter fun for both the Center and Sanford Head Start schools. The organization provided treats for the students of each school and even brought the Easter Bunny to hand out goodies.
The organization is trying to involve more Valley schools for the coming year including the Del Norte Head Start and possibly other elementary schools in the area. Kiwanis representative Karen Miller spoke about the festivities stating that the children all had a really fun day and were so excited to have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny in person. “I just love seeing the look on their faces,” said Miller.
A huge thank you goes out to all of the people who either volunteered or donated to the events. Funding from several yearly events including the annual Thanksgiving dinner went to purchasing some of the treats for the Easter celebrations. For more information or to sign up for next year’s Easter fun please contact Miller at [email protected]