Annual Easter Egg Scramble, Pet Adoptions Saturday At Gvp

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This year's edition of Payson Parks and Recreation's Easter Egg Scramble set to commence Saturday morning in Green Valley Park will not just stick to tradition by providing a variety of free and fun activities for youngsters and their families.

It will also give those families the opportunity to provide new homes for about 119 puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that will be brought to the festivities by the Payson Humane Society which for the first time ever will make animals available for adoption away from the shelter.

But there will be plenty of tradition, too.

In addition to the usual Eastertime highlight the hunt for Easter candy and prizes left behind by everyone's favorite holiday hare the free attractions will include face painting; a display of classic antique cars; and the chance for children to have their picture taken with Fritz the Bunny or a 6-foot-tall llama named Woody, thanks to the materials and talent donated by photographers Marc Kaplan and Frank Mulkern.

All donations collected during the event will go to the Payson Humane Society.

The Easter Egg Scramble, co-sponsored by the Payson Elks Lodge, will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children aged 7 and 8 will initiate the hunt at 9 a.m.; ages 5 and 6 at 9:15; ages 3 and 4 at 9:30; two and under at 9:45; and special-needs children at 10. The Egg Relay and Easter Basket Contest will begin at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, call Payson Parks and Recreation at 474-5242 ext. 7.

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