A'mya Bracy, 11, Max McClain, 9, and Ahmer Richardson, 10, from left, gather candy during an Easter egg hunt at the 2012 Sunset Easter Eggstravaganza at Sunset Park.

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A'mya Bracy, 11, Max McClain, 9, and Ahmer Richardson, 10, from left, gather candy during an Easter egg hunt at the 2012 Sunset Easter Eggstravaganza at Sunset Park.

Easter eggstravaganza to offer new activities

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Sunset Easter Eggstravaganza always draws a crowd, but event organizers are hoping that added attractions will make it a springtime must-do for families.

“The Sunset Easter Eggstravaganza is a way for families to come together, celebrate Easter, have free food, fun and lots of prizes,” said Cameron Fenderson, coordinator for the event and Rocky Mount collections specialist.

Children will be grouped with those close in age for the Easter egg hunts beginning at 11:30 a.m. The age groups run from infant to 12-year-olds, and Fenderson encouraged kids to rejoice the return of the valuable “golden eggs” during each hunt.

“The golden eggs are back this year,” she said. “They contain prizes, some from area businesses. Other golden eggs will have certificates, which may be redeemed for an Easter egg basket.”

While the event is free, hunt participants are required to bring their own Easter egg basket to collect their spoils.

“In the past, kids have brought buckets they decorated themselves and even grocery bags,” Fenderson said.

While siblings are finding golden eggs and collecting candy, children are invited to decorate eggs – a new feature for this year’s event. Just for participating in the egg decorating, attendees can enter a drawing for a free Easter basket.

Also new this year are pictures with the Easter bunny, which can be purchased in a frame for $1. Other life-sized characters on hand to interact with the kids will be Rocky the Reading Rabbit, Cellby from U.S. Cellular and Sparky the Fire Dog. The park’s Model G-16 Miniature Train and County Fair-style carousel will be open for $2 per ride, while inflatables will be set up for participants to enjoy free of charge. PNC bank also will have the Grow Up Great - Learning is All Around Me! mobile learning adventure on site.

“The mobile learning adventure is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children,” officials said in a release.

Registration is not necessary, but free food will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families are encouraged to show up early to take advantage of all the activities.