Easter draws eggs-cellent crowds

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
April 7th, 2010

More than 600 people, including upwards of 270 kids, showed up at Kinnaird Park Sunday for Paragon Columbia Pharmacy’s Easter Scramble.

Michele Dawson, store operations manager, said they’ve been hosting the event for the past five years.

“We saw a need for it in the community, and it’s just such a great event,” she said. “And the weather was perfect this year – not too hot, not too cold – unlike 2008, when we did it in the snow.”

There were draws for about 17 prizes including hand-carved toys donated by Harry Chernoff and a brand-new bike  – not to mention mounds of toys and treats in the scramble itself – all of it, free.

The day before that, more than 250 kids converged on Castlegar’s downtown for the Kootenay Critters outdoor petting zoo, now in its 12th consecutive year.

“It’s a day the kids can come and have old-fashioned fun,” said Kootenay Critters co-owner Suzanne Noad. “There’s no fancy electronics here or anything, just lots of opportunity to use your imagination.”

Cute critteers were the stars fo the afternoon, but the zoo also featured wobble carts, the corn bin, hay bales, face painting, games and more.

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