Asheboro sets Easter events

ASHEBORO — An Easter-based program improvised last year by the City of Asheboro’s Cultural and Recreation Services department is back again this year, along with a more traditional event. 

When the normal Easter youth activities for 2021 were cancelled because of concerns related to COVID-19, the City of Asheboro created a different type of Easter egg hunt. Eggs were placed in several city parks, with the people finding the eggs directed to the recreation department’s office to claim prizes to create an Easter egg scavenger hunt. 

The more traditional Easter egg hunt is also back on the docket. The Easter Eggstravaganza is set for Saturday, April 9, at Bicentennial Park.

“There will be tons of eggs and goody bags there for all the kids,” said Taylor Crawford, program coordinator for the city’s Cultural and Recreation Services department.

“I thought hiding a few eggs in the parks — that would get people out to the parks,” Crawford said.

So based on that success and a few leftover prizes from a year ago, a version of that is in place this month.

Beginning last Friday on the first day of April, Crawford placed a golden egg in each of five parks: Eastside, Frazier, North Asheboro, Memorial and Lake Lucas. Each egg contains a prize slip that can be redeemed at the Sunset Avenue office. Prizes are intended for ages 12 and younger.

The plan is for a golden egg to be placed at each of those five parks on the first three Fridays of the month, Crawford said.

Last Friday, Crawford said a prize was claimed just hours after placing an egg at Lake Lucas.

Saturday’s Easter Eggstravaganza is another free activity. Egg hunt times are 10 a.m. (ages 1-2, 3-4), 11:30 a.m. (ages 5-7) and 1 p.m. (ages 8-10) at Bicentennial Park in downtown Asheboro.

By Bob Sutton