WILLIAMS - With Easter a little over two weeks away, Guy and Angie Mikkelsen, organizers of the Annual Williams Easter Egg Hunt, have hopped into high gear to prepare for the festivities.
This year's Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Williams Food Bank, will be held 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 3 at the Williams Recreation Center, 301 W. Railroad Ave. The Mikkelsens invite everyone to enjoy the event, rain or shine.
Guy Mikkelsen said the event will be similar to last year's event.
"We're planning on having a lot of fun, fun and more fun," he said.
All in the community are welcome to participate in the event free of charge.
Mikkelsen said those in attendance can expect to see some cowboys at the egg hunt, although they will likely be after more than eggs.
"The Cataract Creek Gang knows the Easter Bunny is coming and will be rabbit hunting again this year," he said. "Last year they were bribed off with chocolate."
Three egg hunts will be done in the youngest to oldest order. The three age groups include walking children through age 3; ages 4 to 6; and, 7- to 9-year-olds. The event is BYOB; bring your own basket.
There will be prizes and "goodie" bags for all children hunting for eggs.
"The two older age groups will all be getting a coupon for a free pizza from Peter Piper," Mikkelsen said.
For those ages 10-13, after the egg hunt a game "zone" with baseball and football throws will be offered. This age group will win candy and prizes.
Another feature offered in the "zone" will be the pie throw/chocolate syrup squirt. One age group will each be invited to throw a pie and squirt a two-foot tube full of chocolate syrup at a willing volunteer.
Following the egg hunts, the "zone" and race areas will be open as well as the inside of the rec center, where a table with coloring and foam crafts will be available along with face painting. Mikkelesen said there will likely be a duck pond for younger kids as well.
A free picnic lunch including hot dogs and baked beans will be available.
"Coca Cola has agreed to have a fountain trailer there along with the Coca Cola bear," Mikkelsen said.
Mikkelsen said he has received tremendous support from Rose Newbold and the recreation center along with support from local resident Carol Glassburn. He went on to say that he is still looking for volunteers to make the event a success.
"It took about 40 volunteers last year to make it all happen," he said. "We're looking for volunteers and sponsors."
For more information or to find out how you can help, call the Mikkelsens at (928) 635-2913 or (928) 607-7915.