Hundreds of children and their families had a lot of fun as Word of Life Assembly of God, The Pit River Casino, and the Burney Lions Club each hosted exciting egg hunts and festivities this Easter weekend.
Registration for Eggstravaganza at WOLA began at 10:30. Highway 299 was lined with parked cars and the church parking lot was jammed with people as the annual egg hunt began.
Pastor Sheadon Crabtree was one of those who brought his family to the joyful event. In his Sunday sermon at Foursquare Solid Rock Church, he recounted how his 4-year old son had been saying all week that he was going to find a golden egg. Sure enough, his son emerged from the Eggstravaganza hunt with a golden egg! His son was elated! Pastor Crabtree commented that the degree of joy experienced by his son is a good example of the joy we should experience when we find Jesus and experience God’s grace and love.
After the egg hunt, Word of life pastors, Ken Fraser and Corey Yake handed out dozens of wonderful raffle prizes to kids. There were also several fun stations set up for the children to enjoy.
In addition to the hunt and the prizes, the church had a face painting booth, a bake sale for their woman’s fitness program, and a popcorn stand.
In addition there were plenty of hot dogs provided by the church.
Deana Meeker, who served as the chairwoman for this year’s Eggstravaganza, said, “It’s a wonderful blessing to be able to share this with our community… to see old friends and make new friends.”
The Eggstravaganza was winding up, so I headed over to the Pit River Casino where their annual Easter Egg Hunt was to begin at noon. When I arrived their the parking lot was full and cars were parked up and down Tamarack Avenue. I parked in the parking lot of Grace Bible Church and headed over.
In one of the fields beside the Casino, thousands of eggs were laid out with hundreds of children and parents ready to charge in and gather eggs. I talked briefly with one of the managers, Ignacio Vargas who was helping with the event. He said, “It’s all for the kids. Just of fun.”
Then the signal was given and the race was on.
In a short time, all of the eggs had been claimed by happy youngsters. Afterward, people headed to the back of the casino where prizes were being raffled off.
Casino employees Marisela Saucedo and Carmen Wilson were busy helping people at the raffle table.
As the gaiety continued, The Pit River Casino provided people with a delicious barbecue of hot dogs and hamburgers. In addition to the trimmings of fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes, etc., there was an ample supply of freshly dyed Easter eggs for all to enjoy.
On Sunday morning Linda and I went to the Four Square Solid Rock Church where we experienced a deeply moving Easter service. There was also a wonderful pot luck Easter lunch and fellowship after the service. When we finished we headed over to Burney High School where the Lion’s Club was hosting their annual Easter egg hunt at noon.
We arrived a little bit late, but were in time to see scores of young people and their families leaving with smiles on their faces.
Easter bunny and Poo Bear were there taking pictures with some of the children.
Poo Bear was full of love sharing Easter joy.
The Lions Club of Burney has been hosting their annual Easter Egg hunt for about twenty years. Each year many of the Lions volunteer to make it a success.
Many thanks to the Lions Club, the Word of Life Assembly of God, and The Pit River Casino for holding these fun-filled events and bringing so much joy to the children and families of Burney.
For me, it was like a little taste of the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”