The Ponderosa Lions Club Easter egg hunt on Saturday drew more than 300 people.
The spring winds arrived Monday with wind speeds around 35 to 45 mph and gusts up to 55 mph. They extended into the night and subsided by 6 a.m.
The nights remain chilly with the sun warming up each day. Seasonal warm-up has begun and looks to extend to this weekend.
It was a moderately cool morning on Saturday when the Ponderosa Lions Club annual Easter egg hunt commenced at 10 a.m. The volunteers from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office were directing traffic into the parking areas. Three hundred-plus people attended with some who brought their pets as well.
One family even had a black goat that was riding in the back of a truck as they arrived and seemed to be content near the ramada during the festivities acting as a mascot.
Under the ramada there were tables set up for the coloring contest. “Mr. Bunny” and escort “Miss Rainbow” the clown were greeting the kids nearby with balloons. Volunteers manned a tables and gave temporary Easter-themed tattoos for the kids.
All the age groups were lining up around 10:20 a.m. for the Easter egg hunt and out in the fields, one could see areas sectioned off with eggs abound.
“We colored 195 dozen eggs for the Easter egg hunt,” said Richard Sawyer, who is the director of the Ponderosa Lions Club.
He went on to say, “We also passed out 195 candy bags,” which doubled as egg baskets for the Easter egg hunt.
The Easter egg hunt commenced at 10:30 a.m. when the different age groups were split up and were directed to their own areas for the hunt. Once there, the kids ran everywhere looking for the hard-boiled colored eggs. By the time the hunt finished, the kids cleaned the 195 dozen eggs from the area.
After that, announcements were made at 11 a.m. of who won the coloring contests. In the 0-2 age group, the winners were Julissa Suarez and Leroy Dion. The 3- to 4-year-old winners were Caitlin Taylor and Josh Hight. The 5- to 6-year-old winners were Edila Valdez and Nicholas Hight. The 7- to 8-year-old winners were Orlando Valdez and Lynae Cadia. The 9- to 10-year-old winners were John Zent and Shelbey Arthur. The 11- to 12-year-old winners were Nate Almanza and Jessika Pulliam. They all won various prizes that were staged on the park bench.
Nearby, hot dogs, sodas and water were served to the hungry Easter crowds.
After the events concluded, many of the kids and parents continued the fun at the park at the swings and jungle gym located there. Many of the kids were heard saying they had a lot of fun.