By Woodrow Polston
It was a sunny 60 degrees at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning when dozens of children took off running toward the Tri-County Park lawn, which was covered with Easter eggs.
The event was originally scheduled for the previous Saturday and was canceled at the last minute because of high winds and cold temperatures. Charla Smith, president of the Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce, said that this weekend the weather was perfect for the planned activities.
“It’s perfect today. The high winds last week were really bad though,” said Smith. “We came out to place the eggs at the park and decided that it was just too windy and that nobody would even show up for the event. I am glad that we rescheduled it for this weekend because we have had such a good turnout today,” she added.
As in years past, the chamber hid one golden egg for a lucky hunter to discover. This year, that lucky hunter was Nash Calhoun, who was awarded a cash prize of $25 and the opportunity to get his photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Smith said that the eggs were gathered up quickly this year.
“Despite the time it took to put all of the eggs out, the kids really cleaned them up quickly,” said Smith. “The next event that the chamber is working on will be the All Town Yard Sale. That will include a four-way stop fundraiser event for our scholarship fund. After that, we are going to be gearing up for our annual Prairie Days event later this year,” she added.