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Annual Easter egg hunt to make its return

STEUBENVILLE — After a one-year hiatus, Steubenville Parks and Recreation and First Westminster Church are teaming up to bring back the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Parks and Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf said the egg hunt will be Saturday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Belleview Park. It’s open to kids aged 1-10 who live in Steubenville, but participation will be limited.

“While this year’s Easter Egg Hunt will look a little different, that doesn’t mean it won’t be lots of fun,” Fetherolf said. “We will have five age groups instead of the usual three, and, with COVID-19 restrictions, there is a limit of 100 kids so we are requiring pre-registration.”

The egg hunt was one of the first local casualties to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

“Last year was really disappointing, as we had already started planning and had started purchasing supplies,” Fetherolf said. “I am so happy that we can have it this year even if it is a little different than usual. We usually have about 100 kids, so having five age groups instead of our usual three helps us be able to still have 100 kids participate.”

In addition to requiring pre-registration, Fetherolf said masks will be required for everyone age 4 years and older, and social distancing will be observed. To make this a fun event for everyone, if anyone in the household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms she said they need to stay home. Symptoms include fever, chills, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, cough and sore throat.

“We partner with First Westminster Presbyterian Church and they do a great job of donating candy and helping volunteer,” Fetherolf said. “With that being said, we can always use additional donations of candy and people who would like to volunteer on the day of the hunt.”

Parents can register their kids online at https://register.capturepoint.com/CityofSteubenville or by calling the Martin Luther King Recreation Center at (740) 283-6000 ext. 4006.

Fetherolf said their goal is “to make sure everyone has a good time.”

“We had to cancel the egg hunt last year and we’re happy that we are able to provide this annual event for the kids this year,” she said. “We’re also looking for volunteers who would like to help, so contact us if you are interested.”

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