The wind was blustery and the weather was chilly, but that didn't stop area youngsters from attending the Portsmouth Area Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Mound Park. The Easter bunny and his team of willing helpers were on hand to prepare the stage for the community's annual event. Laden with hundreds of eggs, the Easter bunny and his helpers hid their colorful treasures in a designated area at the park, and children anxiously awaited their chance to win candy or a prize. Gloria Holsinger, chair of the Easter Egg Hunt committee, said some of the eggs contained a little chick, which meant a child could win a basket, and if they discovered a golden egg, they won an even bigger basket. Delighted boys and girls, ages 1 to 12, also had a chance to win prizes by playing games, such as ring toss and cornhole. Heather Colbert of Portsmouth brought her two sons, Brandon Litteral, 2, and Landon Litteral, 4, and said despite the chilly weather they were excited to participate in the festivities. Jennifer Goddard's two children, Regan, 22 months, and Warren, 10, were excited to find eggs and get a prize. Victoria Bradon said it would have been nicer if the weather had been a little warmer, but her two children, J.T. Smith, 5, and David Smith, 10, still were having fun. Children also were having their pictures taken with the Easter bunny and coloring books were available.
DEBORAH DANIELS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 234.