Easter egg hunts easy to find in Clallam County

By Marcie Miller
Peninsula Daily News

A chance of showers and gales of laughter are predicted for this weekend as Easter egg hunts take place across Clallam County.

Egg hunts are planned in Forks, LaPush, Joyce, Port Angeles and Sequim.

While most of the hunts are geared for those who are young enough to still believe in the Easter Bunny, there are activities for adults, as well.

There will be two egg hunts in Port Angeles: the 32nd annual KONP Easter Egg Hunt in Shane Park, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, and hunts during the Spring Fling Easter Eggstravaganza in downtown Port Angeles, which will begin at noon Saturday.

Participants will gather at 8:30 a.m. for the KONP hunt, which also is sponsored by Park View Villas, at Shane Park, located on G Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

It is for children 8 years old and younger.

Participants need to bring their own baskets, and they will hunt in age-appropriate areas.

Pre-registration is required. Registration forms will not be available at Shane Park.

Registration forms are available in Port Angeles at KONP radio, 721 E. First St.; Airport Cafe, Baskin-Robbins, Clinicare, Duke of Flowers, Fairchild Floors, Fairmount Shell, High Voltage Espresso, Jim's Pharmacy, Klahhane Gymnastics, Necessities & Temptations, NW Fudge & Confections, Park View Villas, PenPrint and Sears.

Registration forms are available in Sequim at Air Flo Heating, Cuddles & Crayons Daycare and Munchkins Children's Consignments.

Spring Fling

At noon the action shifts to downtown Port Angeles, where the Port Angeles Downtown Association is hosting a Spring Fling Easter Eggstravaganza, with games, prizes and activities for all ages from noon to 4 p.m.

While the association has hosted an Easter event for 10 years, this is the first year it will be combined with the Spring Fling, with gardening advice and demonstrations.

"It makes a better event to have more activities for kids and adults," said Barb Fredericks, PADA director.

The Easter Bunny will be busily hopping around town from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Perhaps he will attend the all-ages Easter egg hunt at White Crane Martial Arts, in the basement at 129 W. First St., from noon to 4 p.m., or he may make an appearance at the "puzzling hunt," for ages 8 and up which will begin at the Conrad Dyer Memorial Fountain, Front and Laurel streets, also from noon to 4 p.m.

Also from noon to 4 p.m., the Port Angeles Garden Club and Master Gardeners of Clallam County will be at the fountain to answer gardening-related queries.

A hanging-basket demonstration by Wayne Roedell will take place at noon, followed by flower arranging with Kindryn Domning of the Cutting Garden at 1 p.m. and a Master Gardeners sun box demonstration at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the Easter Bunny will be at the fountain to lead a bunny hop.

There will be Micro Electric Park Fliers demonstrations by Pacific Rim Hobby Shop and public kite flying at Valley Estuary Park on Front Street.

Events at businesses

Many downtown businesses will be hosting activities surrounding the egg hunting events.

Aglazing Art, 207 W. First St., is offering a free potted plant and ceramic egg to all who paint a flower pot, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bay Variety, 135 W. First St., is offering an egg containing discounts or treats with purchases of $10 or more.

Cottage Queen, 119 W. First St., has eggs worth different discount amounts.

The Teenie Queenie, 117 W. First St., will host face painting and crafts for kids.

Veela Cafe, 133 E. First St., will host sidewalk chalk and crafts for kids.

Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W. Front St., will offer pansy planting and pot decorating.

Sterling Impressions, 103 W. First St., will give visitors filled eggs.

The Port Angeles Farmers Market, at the Gateway Center, corner of Front and Lincoln streets, will have live music by Thom Davis.

Rick's Place, 102 W. Front St., will be offering samples of carrot cake, should the Easter Bunny stop by.

Golden egg already found

The Eggstravaganza was also to include a continued hunt for a "golden egg" worth valuable prizes, but it has already been found.

Intrepid sleuths Larry and Laureen Bennett started hunting for the egg, using clues given on the PADA Web site, Sunday night.

By Tuesday morning, Larry Bennett found the egg, hidden next to Necessities & Temptations.

"Larry just loves these wild goose chases," Laureen Bennett said. "But I'm the one who had it all figured out."

The egg-seeking duo won a prize package including a stay at Eagle's Flight B&B, dinner at Soho Asian Bistro and wine tasting at Wine on the Waterfront.

While the event is expected to attract several hundred youngsters and their families, Fredericks said that pales in comparison to the annual downtown trick-or-treating, which draws thousands.

"Nothing compared to trick-or-treating," she said.

For more information, visit www.portangeles downtown.com.

The Fairview Bible Church at 385 O'Brien Road will host its annual Fairview Bible Church Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Sequim

In Sequim, egg hunters ages 2 to 10 will line up for the annual Easter egg hunt at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, at 1 p.m. sharp Saturday.

The event is hosted by the Sequim Ladies of the Elks, who have filled approximately 70 dozen plastic eggs with candy and surprises.

All children must by accompanied by an adult.

Prizes, including stuffed animals, will be awarded.

Joyce

In the community of Joyce, the egg hunt is a family affair, hosted for several years by Carol Kitchen and her daughters.

They have filled 116 dozen plastic eggs and dyed 15 to 20 dozen eggs, for the hunt, which takes place at Salt Creek Recreation Area, 3506 Camp Hayden Road at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The egg hunt is open to youngsters age 10 and younger, who should bring their own Easter egg baskets to hold their bounty.

Forks

In Forks, Bruce Guckenberg has once again dyed 125 dozen eggs and stuffed 300 to 400 plastic eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Tillicum Park, 411 Tillicum Lane, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The eggs and prizes, including two bikes, were donated by Sully's Drive-in, which Guckenberg owns, and Forks Outfitters.

Guckenberg has been heading the hunt for 30 years, since his children were young, and there was no such event in Forks.

It used to take him four days to dye and fill the eggs, but now he has it down to about 10 hours, working solo.

The hunt will be divided into age groups, for children ages 12 and under.

Hungry Bear

The Hungry Bear Cafe, 15 miles east of Forks on U.S. Highway 101, would seem an unlikely place for an Easter egg hunt, but it's become an annual event.

The 10th annual event takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday. Golden eggs, money eggs and colored eggs will be hidden for children in two age categories to find.

LaPush

The Quileute Tribal Council Housing Authority plans an egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The hunt will be at the Quileute Oceanside Resort, 330 Oceanside Drive.

For more information, phone 360-374-9719.

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Features Editor Marcie Miller can be reached at 360-417-3550 or marcie.miller@peninsuladailynews.com.

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