Easter eggs drop in Evart Saturday

EVART — The annual Easter Egg Drop in Evart is one of the most exciting times for hundreds of children as they scoop up some of the 16,000 eggs scattered and dropped across the grass at the Evart Municipal Airport.

This year's event will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Cookies and punch will be available starting at noon. Once the drop begins, eggs will drop from a helicopter for all children to enjoy.

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.

Evart Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Eric Schmidt believes the annual event is so popular because it's fun for the children to see eggs fall from the sky. He likes seeing the kids' smiling faces as they run to collect the eggs.

"I personally like that the community once again comes together to create this spectacular event," Schmidt said. "It's great to see my daughter and grandson participate."

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 a number of bicycles, thanks to donations from local merchants, clubs and churches.

The Easter Egg Drop is the largest of its kind in the area, attracting families from across the state. It costs more than $2,000 to host, and the chamber always welcomes donations to keep offering it each year. Other details, including food, preparation items, and manpower to create a safe environment are all provided by the community.

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.

Volunteers for the Easter Egg Drop are still needed. To help, call Schmidt at (231) 679-2606.