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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Baskets Replace Easter Eggs in 2011

There were no traditional Easter eggs to be found in Riverview on Good Friday, 2011. Not the hidden Easter eggs under rocks, clumps of grass and in the bushes that many of the older residents remember hunting in the neighborhood with peals of joy.

But there were Easter baskets filled with candies at the shelters on the Douglass ballfield this Easter, that today's young people enjoyed just as much.

Click here to see a slideshow of the Easter Basket Giveaway, pictures courtesy of Willie Hodges.

"The kids didn't get to enjoy hunting the eggs as much last year at Borden Park as in previous years," says Jeannie Hodge, with South Central Kingsport's Weed & Seed office, co-sponsor of the event. "We decided to make it easy on them and everybody else with baskets this year, and everybody had just as much fun."

Friday's event was the first Easter celebration back home on the Douglass Ballfield since the renovation of the V.O. Dobbins Complex, the building of the Riverview Place Homes, and the new Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) offices. Construction for the past two years moved the Easter event to Borden Park.

About 100 parents came with their children and grandchildren under the age of 9 on Good Friday, April 22nd, and each child received treat bags. They were also given a ticket when the parents signed in, so they could take part in the giveaways.

Lucky winners received a door prize that included gift certificates to various restaurants, and a Golden Egg with money hidden inside.

The grand prize was a new bicycle. Other prizes were awarded as the day went on.

"We were so thankful for the beautiful weather," Hodges says, "and for all the folks who came out to participate in this fun event."

In addition to the Weed & Seed office, the Easter Event was also sponsored by New Vision Kids and Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Community Services Division.