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Easter Festival Fun for All


April 13, 2014 by Steve Winkler

-By Michele Winkler -The Fourth Annual Easter Festival on April 12, 2014 looked like a great success.    Scores of children with families and friends gathered at the Frank Wenzel Community Center on this beautiful spring day to play games, hunt Easter eggs, get subtle environmental lessons and much more.

The West Fork Police Department was there to collect fingerprints for safety.  Brannan Tire and Auto aptly represented itself by with a toss game using real tires.

Dave Roebke, the Parks Director, would be proud of all the fun they had.  He was injured in a fall from a backhoe while changing information on the city’s  marquee. Fortunately it sounds like nothing was life threatening, but he was not able to be there for the festivities.

Among the activities were a table top shuffle board game by the 4-H group, First Baptist Church was there with a golf game.  Children eagerly waited while Susan Neyman painted their faces.  Besides helping with his department’s booth and generally overseeing the action, Police Chief John Collins helped to direct the egg hunts which were organized into various age groups.

Easter portraits were taken by professional photographer Brooke McNeely for The Friends of the Library.  Children who wanted to become a Junior Master Gardner could receive a cute planter box.  The Renewable Resource Center helped kids make paper flowers.

Adults and children alike received handy information and novelties from Washington County Environmental Affairs & Recycling.  But most of all it just looked like a lot of fun.  Thanks, again to the Park Commission.

Steve Winkler

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