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Thousands Attend Community Egg Hunt At Wheeling Park

WHEELING –Thousands of area residents were able to enjoy the 13th annual Community Egg Hunt at Wheeling Park Saturday under sunny skies and warm temperatures.

The free event, sponsored by the Vineyard Church in Wheeling, has become springtime tradition for many area families, according to Vineyard Church Lead Pastor Chris Figaretti. He said the church is able to sponsor the event through various community donations.

In addition to the traditional egg hunt where hundreds of children run about the hillside above the park’s lake to collect colorful eggs in exchange for a large basket of Easter candy, children also had a chance to enjoy a variety of other activities throughout the park.

These included pony rides, carnival games, inflatables, a paintball gallery, miniature golf and paddleboat rides.

Figaretti said they estimate last year’s event attracted nearly 5000 people.

“It is, I think, the greatest family event in the Ohio Valley,” Figaretti said.

Event Volunteer Missy Ashmore, who has worked with childrens’ ministries for the past fifteen years, said Community Egg Hunt is a great family event.

“We wanted to create an event for families to come to spend time with their kids, and everything is free,” Ashmore said. She said they have hundreds of volunteers helping out with the event every year. “There’s 30,000 plastic eggs. … It’s just a great way for the kids to come have fun with their families,” she added.

Ashmore said families looking for a place to celebrate Easter service next week, church officials invite the public to attend the Vineyard Church’s Easter Service next Sunday at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling.

Bobby Jo Dobbins of St. Clairsville said it is an event she was excited to bring her two-year-old daughter to for the first time.

“I love coming here. I have two teenage boys. I brought them here when they were little,” Dobbins said. “It’s fun to come back,” she added.

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