BELDING — Easter festivities were in full swing this past holiday weekend, especially at local egg hunts such as the annual “Easter Eggstravaganza” event at the Belding Covered Village Mall.
More than 600 children and parents arrived at the mall Saturday for an opportunity to collect colorful plastic Easter eggs.
Throughout the mall, children were delighted with a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, pet baby ducks and chickens and receive goody bags of Easter candy and cookies from local Belding businesses.
The event, put on for the fourth straight year by Encounter Church in Belding, continues to grow and Pastor Rob Lawrence said he is glad to be able to bring so much activity to downtown Belding for a day.
“It’s one way to give back to the community and for kids and their families to come here to Belding and also support the local businesses,” he said. “We had a great turnout today and were thrilled so many people helped to make this event successful once again.”
A line of children and parents stretching more than 50 people deep consumed an entire corridor of the mall as people such as Christina Raison of Belding and her 2-year-old daughter Addilen awaited for the chance to meet the Easter Bunny.
And when the time came, children waited anxiously for the egg hunt, in which hundreds of plastic eggs were sprawled across a portion of the mall floor waiting for the stampede of the excited children.
Maria Robertson, the community relations coordinator at Metron of Belding, said she was happy to once again see Metron and so many other businesses and members of the community coming together to bring a fun event to young children.
“This is one of those moments where you see Belding active and up and around,” she said.