By News-Register staff • 

Easter hunters, on your mark this Saturday

He’ll have some help from local fire departments, service clubs and student groups, who are organizing the Easter egg hunts. Most are scheduled for Saturday, April 4, and almost all are free.

The hunts will take place rain or shine. Even if it’s sunny out, children should wear shoes they don’t mind getting wet. They also should bring baskets in which to collect eggs.

And most important, they should arrive a few minutes early. Egg hunts start promptly and are over faster than you can say “Peter Cottontail.”

In McMinnville, children can attend the venerable Lions’ egg hunt on the McDaniel Lane side of Wortman Park. The free event will start promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4.

Or they can hunt eggs on the Linfield College campus. The egg hunt will start at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove.

Before or after hunting eggs, families can enjoy a pancake breakfast at the McMinnville Senior Center, next to the park where the Lions’ event is held.

Walnut City Kiwanis and McMinnville High School Key Club will serve up pancakes, eggs and ham from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 general or $3 for ages 4-12, at the door or in advance from 503-472-4951.

Here’s a list of free egg hunts around the county:

Amity: 10 a.m. April 4, Amity City Park, for children 8 and younger, sponsored by the Amity Fire Department.

Carlton: 10 a.m. April 4, Wennerberg Park, sponsored by New Carlton Fire District.

Dayton: Two hunts for two different age groups: 10 a.m. in Courthouse Square Park for grades grade three and younger; 10:30 a.m. at Dayton Grade School for fourth- through sixth-graders. Sponsored by Dayton High School FFA.

Lafayette: 10 to 11 a.m. April 4, Joel Perkins Park, sponsored by Lafayette Community Church.

McMinnville: 10 a.m. April 4, Wortman Park on the McDaniel Lane side, sponsored by the McMinnville Lions Club.

Sheridan: 10 a.m. April 4, Sheridan City Park, for ages 4 to 12, Chamber of Commerce will hide more than 3,000 filled eggs.

Sheridan’s Deer Meadows Assisted Living Center also will offer a free egg hunt, running from 10 to 11 a.m. April 4. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for the activities at 1350 W. Main St.

Willamina: 9 a.m. April 4, Glen Larkins Field at the West Valley Community Campus (former high school), for children 12 and younger, sponsored by the high school.

Yamhill: 10 a.m. April 4, Beulah Park, Yamhill, for kids 10 and younger, sponsored by the Homesteaders 4-H Club.


In addition to the community egg hunts, several churches also are planning Easter events for children.

Living Waters Free Methodist Church will host an Easter carnival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, on the Yamhill County Fairgrounds.

The McMinnville Covenant Church will have an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 5, between its 9:15 a.m. Easter brunch and 10:30 a.m. worship services at 2155 N.W. Second St.

And Lafayette Community Church will host a special children’s service from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 5, in addition to Lafayette’s egg hunt on Saturday.



Thank you to the Lions Club of McMinnville for putting on the egg hunt once again.

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