Easter tradition continues

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

An area church will continue an annual tradition Saturday by hiding 12,000 plastic eggs for area youth.

The First Assembly of God Church in Tucumcari will hold its fifth annual egg hunt at 10 a.m. at Dunn Park.

“The eggs come to us unassembled,” said Gail Owen, volunteer coordinator. “The hardest part is filling the eggs with candy.”

Owen said on Tuesday that all 12,000 eggs have been filled with individually wrapped candy and are ready to be placed for the hunt.

“We had members of the church take eggs home to fill,” Owen said. “Members of the Altrusa Club also took time to fill some of the eggs.”

This is a good event for the area youth to take part in, said Barbara Cherry of Altrusa.

“It is so great to see how much fun the children have gathering those eggs,” Cherry said.

Owen said over the years the number of children participating in the hunt has increased.

“Last year the weather was not so great but we still had 800 people attend,” Owen said. “This year we are projecting close to a thousand.”

Owen said when the hunt began, 10,000 eggs sounded like an impressive number. That’s not enough anymore.

“We are already making plans to bump up the numbers for next year’s hunt,” Owen said. “It is all worth it when you see the look on the children’s’ faces when they see all those bright eggs.

Fast facts

If this is your first Tucumcari Easter egg hunt, here’s how it works:

• Kids, infant to fifth grade, are broken up into three groups — walking to 5 year-olds, kindergarten to second grade and third grade to fifth grade.

• “Each group goes one at a time,” Owen said. “So if a parent has a child in two groups, they do not have to worry about missing watching one of them in the hunt.”

• The area where the children will hunt the eggs is roped off and volunteers begin placing the eggs at 8 a.m. the day of the hunt, Owen said.

• The eggs are not actually hidden,” Owen said. “It would be very hard to find places to hide 12,000 eggs.”