Another big crowd expected for annual ‘EGGstravaganza’ at Shannon Oaks Church

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Apr. 5, 2007 - Kids will be scrambling for eggs on the front lawn of Shannon Oaks Church at its annual Easter EGGstravaganza to be held Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The day's events will include lots of activities, including two inflatable slides, a 70-foot inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn, puppet shows, face painting, live entertainment, prizes and, of course, the Easter Bunny will be hippity-hopping around the church's five acres dotted with 40,000 colorful eggs.

Creating happy memories and making children smile is just one of the missions for the annual community-wide Easter egg hunt for children ages 3 through 5th grade.

"The second is to be a light in our community," said Rachel Draper, children's minister at Shannon Oaks. "We want this place to radiate the love of Jesus on that day."

The EGGstravaganza is in its 10th year, according to Draper, who recalls the anticipation of that first year.

"We had no clue what to expect or how many people would show up," she said. "I remember looking outside and seeing cars backed up trying to get the children here."

Since that first year, the church now has overflow parking available, and they offer two age-appropriate egg hunts at different times, with hundreds of prizes donated from local businesses. 

Rain or shine, church members are prepared for what even the weather may have in store.

In the past, when Mother Nature has not cooperated, members never miss a beat in turning the event into a drive-through EGGstravaganza passing out bags of eggs and all kinds of goodies.

"Satan has tried to stop it more than once," said Draper. "But we have people praying every day that the 2007 EGGstravaganza will be exactly what God wants it to be this year." 

Other Easter egg hunts that are planned include:

FRIDAY: Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab, 411 Airport Road, will hold its Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. Bring the kids and a basket for a morning of fun, candy, prizes and more than 3,000 eggs.

SATURDAY

Texas Parks and  Wildlife Department and Cooper Lake State Park, assisted by North Hopkins Beta Club, will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 2 p.m. at Cooper Lake State Park South Sulphur Unit in the Heron Harbor Day Use Area. Cost: free. There is no cost to participate. There will be two groups, ages 0-4 and 4-10. More than 1,500 candy-filled eggs to be hidden with chances for prize eggs. Bring a basket to collect eggs in. For more information, call 903-945-5256.

Miller Grove Baptist Church will host a free Country Fair and Easter Egg Hunt, which will also include face painting and refreshments at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Everyone invited.

SUNDAY

Rockdale Church will hold an Easter egg hunt after the 10:30 a.m. services, which includes a live drama.

Our Savior Lutheran Church will begin its Easter activities at 9 a.m. with breakfast, followed by the service at 10 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt immediately after the service.

First Assembly of God Easter Services begin at 10:30 a.m. An Easter egg hunt will follow at noon, weather permitting, on the church property, 434 Jefferson St.

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