Eggcitement All Around

Rim communities feature ever-popular Easter egg hunts

Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Mariha Hintze grabs a handfull of eggs during the Kiwanis sponsored Payson Eggstravaganza.

The Rim Country resounded with the giggles of gaggles of children in search of eggs at the hunts in Payson, Pine-Strawberry and Tonto Basin.

Down in Tonto Basin, the Kiwanis hosted about 25 children from the community with prizes going to the best collectors in different age groups. For the tiniest egg hunters, first place went to Khloe McNeely, who won a fishing pole and tackle box, both of which were bigger than the tiny girl. Second place — a large Easter basket — went to Jase Murphy, still an infant. Other winners were Hayden Cline and Colton Penrod in the group for five to seven; Daisie Ries, first and Sean Penrod, second, among the eight to 10-year-olds. All the other youngsters had their choice from a menagerie of stuffed animals.

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Tonto Basin Kiwanis Club

The Pine Strawberry Easter Egg Hunt was held at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill, sponsored by several Pine and Strawberry businesses and organizations. Organized by Shara Weiss, the event featured goodie bags, an activity area, golden eggs, a chance to see a fire truck and visit the Easter Bunny.

The Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country sponsored the annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt in Payson. Held at the Rumsey 2 softball field, children of all ages, up to 12, had a chance to participate, collecting eggs filled with candy and coupons for prizes.

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