More than 1,000 eggs were up for grabs last Saturday at the Easter Egg Fun Day at the Pine Trailhead, including six prize-packed golden eggs. Two of these special eggs were hidden inside each of the age group areas. The youngest two winners each received a stuffed bear for their lucky find, winning toddlers received a basket of play supplies, and the oldest kids won $10.
There were more than 61 children, parents and numerous volunteers from Strawberry’s Elite out for the annual event. Local groups and businesses, including the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library and the Rimside Grill, donated supplies to help make the event a success. The Pine Strawberry Fire Department was there with a fire truck and personnel to hand out fireman hats and pencils to the children.
What would an Easter egg hunt be without the Easter Bunny? The children all had a chance to have a picture taken with the big, furry, floppy-eared character. Some children played games and filled in Easter-themed coloring pages.
Shara Weiss of Pine told me, “Numerous people said this was the best egg hunt they’ve been to. It was less competitive, with a small-town feeling; eggs that were actually hidden and not just tossed into a grassy area and everyone got eggs — no child left without.”
It was a lot of fun for all the kids and a really nice event organized by Strawberry’s Elite, Mommy Perks, Pine Media, and Pine Strawberry School.
Kids Feeding Kids
Spring has sprung and you know what that means ... it’s time for the highly anticipated annual event Kids Feeding Kids. Now is the perfect time to visit The Ranch at Fossil Creek to welcome the arrival of 70 new baby goats. For just $3, kids — young or old — can feed the baby goats every day at noon and 4 p.m. The proceeds are used to help disadvantaged children.
This is a rare opportunity to get up close with the adorable baby goats and feed them and is a memorable experience for local and city children. The Ranch is located at 10379 W. Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry.
While there you can sample some goat yogurt or ice cream that is made at the Fossil Creek Creamery, where pampered goats yield the best milk, which is used to produce the finest artisan cheeses and creamy fudge.
Tours of the goat and llama ranch and creamery are available.
While in Strawberry, visit the Old Strawberry Schoolhouse, which is just one and three-fourth miles west of Highway 87 on Fossil Creek Road. This is the oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona.
Stop by Hocks Crockery and Pottery Studio on Highway 87. There are also some great and unique dining choices and the historic Strawberry Lodge or Up The Creek Bed and Breakfast to complete a perfect weekend getaway.
Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store
Beginning April 18, the store will have a “Spring Cleaning” week. All books, including craft and pattern books; lampshades; and Tupperware are half off. Then, starting April 25, the store will have its “Mother’s Day Surprise” week. It will be displaying beautiful items that would make great gifts for Mom. There will also be a special display of handbags and purses, some with designer names. Ladies’ tops including plus sizes are half price and craft books are buy one, get two of lesser value free. The thrift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For donations and pickups, call (928) 476-4633.
The beautiful spring weather brings some great art fairs and festivals to outdoor events across the state and country. In April, northeast Arizona is the place to be with Arizona Trail Day in Pine. Think outside the “art festival” box for this one and instead come celebrate small-town, rural America, the forest and streams, and all that the great outdoors and the towns of Pine and Strawberry have to offer.
Take a beginner, intermediate or advanced hike along a stretch of the Arizona Trail. You can also take a hike with a llama or enjoy some freshly made goat cheese and fudge. At the Pine Community Center you can enjoy horse and dog team demonstrations and see the Hashknife Pony Express riders. It will be a great day of fun for everyone. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21.
May is a great month in Pine and Strawberry with the May Day Festival and 32nd annual Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival. You won’t be disappointed if you make a road trip to these.
The annual May Day Festival in Pine is a family-friendly, old-fashioned community event like you remember from your childhood. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 12 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 13. There will be craft and food vendors, entertainment with DJ Craig, and an antique car and tractor show.
The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Memorial Day Festival has been a great weekend outing for 32 years and gets bigger and better each year. See the creations of some of the finest artists in the Rim Country, Arizona, and the Southwest with more than 80 booths of quality and unique handmade arts and crafts. There will also be some great food vendors with a variety of tasty treats to satisfy everyone.
Many thanks for reading this column and thanks for your support of the arts and these fine artists.
Till next week ... I’m off to cuddle with a baby goat. Life is good in Rim Country! Please send your Pine Strawberry happenings to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (602) 790-0248.