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Scores turn out to celebrate Easter Egg Hunt at New Creation Church

New Creation Church holds fifth annual Easter Egg celebration, with warm enthusiasm in the cold weather

Michael Neary

Yaretzi Jauregui, 5, examines her Easter eggs during the fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt at New Creation Church.

— At least there was no wind — or, nothing more than a gentle breeze. Sunshine also drenched the cold and snow-framed fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt at New Creation Church Saturday morning.

Amber Goodenow — who serves as New Creation Church's children's pastor, along with her husband Chris — coordinated the event, circulating among the scores of people who attended and opening the ceremony with an enthusiastic address to the crowd.

Before the hunt got started, Goodenow said the event's lineup was somewhat smaller this year due to the cold temperatures, but she still listed a panoply of activities associated with the egg hunt.

"This year we condensed it a little bit because of the weather, but we still have temporary tattoos, we have the bunny that's running around, we have a photo booth and bounce houses, and we have sensory tables and a bubble," she said.

She also noted a host of giveaways, including 16 bicycles, two $100 gift cards and a vast assortment of other prizes.

Goodenow also announced a total of 20,000 eggs in the hunt, many of them filled with prizes.

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Among the people in attendance was Kara Holden, a teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School.

"I'm a teacher, so I've seen lots of my students — which I think is awesome," she said. "It's a lot of fun to see them."

Holden described the importance of the warm community gathering for Ridgeview students after the tragic deaths of Tucker Ward, a student at Ridgeview, and his father James Ward, who died in a vehicle rollover accident on March 18.

"We've had a rough week at Ridgeview," Holden said, "so it's nice to see (the students) happy."

Holden came with her daughter, Pearl Kilpatrick, just shy of a year old, and Pearl's grandmother, Tammy Seela. As noontime approached the day grew warmer, and Pearl — still a little young for gathering Easter eggs — crawled happily through the grass.

Lizeth Lopez was also on hand with her 5-year-old daughter Yaretzi and 4-year-old son Uriel. Lopez described the large gathering as a good setting for community interaction, as her daughter meticulously examined her overflowing basket of Easter eggs.

Lopez noted the value of the organizers’ efforts.

"They're just really involved in trying to get the whole community together," she said.

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