ROGUE VALLEY, Ore. – It was a bit wet out outside, but that didn’t seem to put a damper on things. At times hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the Easter activities across the Rogue Valley, Christian and non-Christian alike.
It was wet outside Central Point’s Presbyterian church. But inside breakfast eggs were scrambling, and the kids were scrambling after eggs of their own.
“We always have [our egg hunt] outside, and today at about 9:00, it looked a little rainy,” said Phyllis Hart, who oversaw the indoor egg hunt.
Volunteers cooked free breakfast for those who showed up, plus attendees had a small Easter service.
Medford’s Sacred Heart Church also had an Easter service, and around Noon it was packed to the brim. They even had an overflow building with a projection screen for those who couldn’t fit inside the main chapel.
But the highlight for many was Lithia Park’s annual Easter egg hunt.
“This is a huge part of our Easter,” said Kara King, alongside her daughter, Fisher. “We do it every year, and Fisher really looks forward… well we all really look forward to it.”
The Ashland Rotary Club has been holding the event since 1957.
“It takes us two hours to set up and it’s all over in a minute and a half, and everyone has a lot of fun doing it,” said Robbie Harfst, a member of the Rotary Club and volunteer at the event.
They say that as a service club, it’s their way of contributing to the community. There’s even a prize for the kid who finds the coveted golden egg. And for those who didn’t win, they’ll have plenty more chances in the future.
Unless the pope cancels Easter, we’re gonna have the Easter egg hunt,” said Harfst.