Easter Egg Drop scheduled for Saturday

EVART — About 16,000 eggs filled with candy and toys will be quickly snatched up by hundreds of children ages 12 and younger during the annual Easter Egg Drop in Evart.

This year's popular event will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Evart Municipal Airport, and also will feature cookies and punch beginning at noon. Three separate drops will take place to accommodate ages 1 through 4, 5 to 7 and 8 through 12. The child who finds a golden ticket hidden in one of the thousands of eggs will receive a special prize.

In years past, eggs have been dropped from a plane, but this year attendees will be treated to drops from a helicopter. About 5,000 eggs are expected to fall from the sky.

The Easter Egg Drop is the largest of its kind in the area, attracting families from as far as Holland.

This year's event also will feature a bike raffle. Tickets will be sold for $1 apiece and attendees will have the chance to win one of two children's bicycles and one of two adult bicycles.

To make the event as big as it has to be to accommodate all attendees, the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Evart Downtown Development Authority, Evart Local Development Finance Authority, Evart Fire Department, Evart Moose Lodge, Evart Department of Public Works, the City of Evart and the Evart Police Department and Community Emergency Response Team.

The Easter Egg Drop costs about $2,500 to host, with $2,000 spent on the eggs alone. Other details, including food, preparation items, and manpower to create a safe environment is all provided by the community. The chamber is always accepting monetary donations to keep the event up and running each year.