By Velma Turner
On Good Friday, April 15, through the vision of Councilperson Bence Telsee Nicholas, with approval from Mayor LaRon Winslow, the Town of Campti’s 1st Easter Egg Hunt was brought to life from 9 a.m.-noon. Campti Community Event Committee members Amanda Davis and Kris James ,along with several members of Lakeview High School’s National Honor Society, all gathered early to hide over 400 eggs for children ages 0 – 12 to find and enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the joy of community.
Campti merchants Lakeview Pharmacy, Campti Quick Stop the Campti (North Natchitoches) Medical Clinic, along with various community members contributed to this Town event. Campti’s maintenance workers, Myrtle Procell, Marty Lowring and John Cofield Jr., had the park beautifully manicured for the event.
Lunch of hot dogs, grilled by Lawrence “Duke” Collins Jr., chips, cookies and juice was provided by the Natchitoches Tribe of Campti. Council Chief Thomas Alemond, his wife Janel and Peggy LeBrun Smith were on hand to help wherever needed. Mayor Winslow also helped with bottled water.
The children enjoyed egg hunting with a golden egg in each age group with a cash prize inside. Age groups were 0- 2 years, 3-5 years, 6-9 years and 10-12 years. Each group was marked and separated by colorful ribbons. After searching and clearing the grounds of hidden prizes the children enjoyed games such as egg relay races where teams had to balance their egg on a spoon and walk at a fast pace; sack races, which really challenged the balance of participants and brought many giggles to happy faces; charades challenged the little ones; and an Easter crafts table, where participants could make their own items for added Easter joy. Egg dyeing was another crafty item the children participated in.
Last but not least, the Easter Bunny arrived for pictures and to greet attendees.