The winners of Stage 44 Players' Easter Bonnet competition pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny.
The winners of Stage 44 Players’ Easter Bonnet competition pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Payton and Tristan Goehring compare ears with the Easter Bunny.  Photo by Jen Goehring
Payton and Tristan Goehring compare ears with the Easter Bunny. Photo by Jen Goehring

By Sharyn Cornelius

This year’s Easter Extravaganza at the Palo Cedro Park on April 4, 2015 was the best ever. The grass in the large meadow was the perfect height for an egg hunt—tall enough to conceal the eggs, but not long enough to make walking too challenging for the youngsters or their grandparents. The air temperature at 11:00 a.m. was just right for wearing lightweight spring clothing, so many families dressed up in their Easter finery.

The preschool age children had their own small area in which to search for eggs with their parents close by; while the older children were challenged to find the 3000 candy-filled eggs hidden by members of the California Conservation Corps over the whole 10-acre meadow. After they had gleaned every last plastic egg from the field, about thirty parents and teens set out to try to find the two golden eggs in the “rough” around the edge of the park. Two eventually came back with the golden orbs and went over to the raffle booth to claim their prizes.

For the first time this year, many families stayed after the egg hunt to have lunch and take advantage of the many free activities for children offered by Park volunteers. The most popular appeared to be the Easter bonnet-making booth manned by members of the State 44 Players from Shingletown, who furnished all the supplies needed to make an elegant or whimsical hat. Near the end of the event, they rounded up all of the hat-makers still present for an impromptu parade around the grounds and gave our awards for the best bonnets.

Children also enjoyed the face-painting booth, the egg decorating tables, and having their photos taken with the Easter Bunny; meanwhile while the adults relished the chance to peruse the myriad raffle items and listen to the music provided by bands from the Old Time Fiddle Association.

Event organizer Virginia Phelps reported that although the Easter Extravaganza was not intended to be a fundraiser for the park, the raffles and hot dog/chili lunch provided by board member Kellie Landry, had brought in almost $500 which will go toward the children’s playground to be constructed later this year.