Easter egg hunt captures children’s attention

8-year-old Arwyn Peters flies down a slide on the bouncy castle

ADAM JACKSON/Ponoka News

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The 5th annual Ponoka Eggstravagant Easter Egg Hunt was another success this year, drawing close to 150 youngsters.

The free event, which ran on April 23, included many attractions for kids and parents alike. The attractions included were a petting zoo, bouncy castles, soccer and a puppet show performed by Puppet Quest.

There were also many door prizes donated by generous companies in the community.

“A lot of people in the community are recognizing the event,” said Pastor Rob MacArthur with the Word of Life church in Ponoka. “We have had tremendous support this year from the community.”

The event has grown in popularity since its creation five years ago. With a starting crowd of 30 in its first year, the event has quickly become a well-known part of the Easter celebrations.

The Word of Life church also presented a special guest from Home of Hope, a Red Deer-based organization that has housing projects in Rwanda, India and Kenya.

By collecting donations, this group helps to feed, clothe and educate young children in these impoverished countries.

“It’s a great organization and local, so we know that the money is going to the kids,” said MacArthur.

Kristine Larson, who was visiting from out of town, was impressed by the event.

“It’s very important to have these events. It’s good to get the kids out, try new things and be in the community,” said the mother-of-three.

The event and all the planning involves was powered by a team of around 20 volunteers from the Word of Life church.

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