Easter fun abounds in Evart, Big Rapids

EVART — Fun was had by thousands on Saturday in Evart as children rushed to grab as many Easter eggs as possible during the third annual Easter Egg Drop.

Sixteen thousand colorful plastic eggs filled with candy, toys and other goodies were dropped from the sky at about 1:30 p.m. by airplane at the Evart Municipal Airport, located off of U.S. 10. The event is co-sponsored by the LDFA, the Evart Chamber of Commerce, Evart Downtown Development Authority, the Evart Moose Lodge and the City of Evart. In addition, the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce and Reed City merchants are playing a part in the drop.

"We seeded the ground with 11,000 eggs and we threw 5,000 out of the plane in three passes," said LDFA Director Melora Theunick. "I think it was very much a success. Lots of people showed up for the fun."

In addition to the eggs, three bikes were raffled off to lucky children. Money from raffle tickets will help begin a seed fund for the event to continue in the future. Refreshments also were available to hungry and thirsty attendees.

Calvin Uber, 11, attended the drop for the first time with his parents, who journeyed from Temple specifically because the event had separate sections for different age groups.

"It's actually really cool," Uber said. "I like how they drop the eggs from an airplane. I loved it."

He is looking forward to coming back next year, he added.

Children had just as much fun on Saturday in Big Rapids, as a second egg hunt took place.

This is the second year the egg hunt has been held at the airport, and the first year it was sponsored by the Big Rapids Elks Club. Last year the club provided the prizes for the event.

About 15,000 eggs were spread across the airport field, which was seperated by age division to give children big and small a chance to collect as many eggs as possible. Some eggs included tickets for special prizes, including bicycles and Easter baskets loaded with goodies.

Easter Egg Chairman Tom Stellard, a member of the Elks, said the club wants to see the tradition keep going in the future.

"This is the first year we took it over, and our plan is to continue doing it," he said. "The Elks are all about the youth, and this is something that's very community minded. This is a fabulous event."

Whitney Gronski-Buffa contributed to this story