The Easter season means lots of egg hunts and other activities throughout Washington County over the holiday weekend.
But hundreds of area children already had an early start Sunday as the Justice Motorcycle Club sponsored its annual Easter egg hunt in Marietta's East Muskingum Park.
"We've been doing this for 12 years now, and we put out 8,000 eggs this year," said J.R. Huddleston, club president.
SAM SHAWVER The Marietta Times
Abbie Corbin, 3, of Parkersburg, helps 8-month-old sister Nevaeh Corbin sort through the candy-filled eggs they collected during the Justice Motorcycle Club's Easter egg hunt in East Muskingum Park Sunday.
Jayci Spurr, 3, of Marietta seemed pleased with the number of eggs she picked up during the Justice Motorcycle Club's annual Easter egg hunt Sunday.
He said the event is just one way the club is able to give back to the community every year.
For those who may have missed that event, there are plenty of other egg hunts scheduled this weekend, including an Easter egg hunt and pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Marietta Township Recreation Center on Sandhill Road in Reno.
"We do this every year for the community and the kids," said Janice Arnold, a member of the Reno Lions Club, which sponsors the event.
Coming Easter events
- American Legion Auxiliary Unit 389 12th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk, Saturday at Fort Frye High School. Runners start at 8:30 a.m., and walkers at 8:35 a.m. $20 registration with limited supply of T-shirts on race day; packet pickup and race day registration from 7 to 8 a.m. or pre-register and pay at theracedeal.com. Call 336-8575 for more information.
- Team Jillybug Easter bake sale Saturday 8 to 11:30 a.m., at Beverly-Center Elementary, Beverly; all proceeds go to Team Jillybug to help raise money for the Washington County Relay for Life.
- Reno Lions Club breakfast fundraiser, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Marietta Township Recreation Center (old Reno school); breakfast by donation to help with purchase of area eye glasses and other community needs. Easter egg hunt will follow at 11 a.m.
- Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday in Inman-Liberty Park, Warren Township, at Ohio 550 and Coffman Road; toddlers to 6th graders welcome in four age groups. Activities and refreshments in the multi-purpose building at Tunnel United Methodist Church where hunt will be held in case of bad weather.
- Community Children's Easter egg hunt and free soup luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Veto Presbyterian Church, 4574 State Route 339, just outside of Belpre.
- The Newport Baptist Church Easter egg hunt will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Newport. Come join in the fun, hunting eggs, playing games,winning prizes, making crafts and having snacks.
- A Third Sunday dinner will be held Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two-Mile Run Road. Easter dinner, live country and gospel music; adults $7, children $4.
- Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department's annual Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the firehouse for Oak Grove community and West Muskingum Township families.
- Washington County Fish and Game Club Easter egg hunt for members only, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the clubhouse in Whipple; ages 1 to 12 and grandparents welcome; 374-3395.
The egg hunt, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, is preceded by a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. to help raise money for the purchase of eyeglasses for those in need and other community needs.
"The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes and sausage gravy," Arnold said. "Donations are accepted for the meal."
She said it's about a six-hour job to hide the eggs for the Easter egg hunt.
"But it only takes the kids minutes to pick them all up," Arnold said. "We probably have between 300 and 400 kids every year, and it's for everyone. We don't turn anyone away."
For those who would rather exercise before breakfast, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 389's 12th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at Fort Frye High School the day of the race, although online pre-registration at www.theracedeal.com is recommended.
"It's a sanctioned race for the River City Runners and Walkers Club, and we're expecting more than 400 runners and walkers from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio," said Pam Jackson, Beverly Village clerk and a member of the legion auxiliary.
"It's a big event for the village with hundreds of runners, not to mention the many volunteers. And the community support is what makes this race so special," added Dianne Wainwright, race director.
Also in Beverly Saturday morning, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., is an Easter bake sale at Beverly-Center Elementary School by Team Jillybug for the Washington County Relay for Life.
In addition to the Reno egg hunt, there will also be other Easter egg hunts Saturday at Inman-Liberty Park in Warren Township, Veto Presbyterian Church near Belpre, and Newport Baptist Church in Newport.
Sunday's egg hunts will be held at Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department for West Muskingum Township residents, and at the Washington County Fish and Game Club in Whipple for club members.