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March 28, 2013

Weather Looking Promising for Community Easter Events

Two Easter Egg hunts will be held in Memphis on Saturday.

With high temperatures expected to reach the 60s this weekend, local Easter egg hunters definitely have caught a break with the weather. All the snow should be gone just in time for the youngsters to gather on the court house lawn on the Memphis city square on Saturday.

The annual Primrose Realty Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades one through four will search for eggs hidden around the courthouse. Across the square on the northwest corner, children in kindergarten and younger, will converge on the Scotland County Antique Fair lot for an Easter Egg hunt of their own.

Boyd and Jeannie Bissell have hosted the event for well over a decade. It initially began as a promotional idea to bring folks to the city square. While it continues to fulfill that goal, Jeannie notes now it is simply all about the kids.

With more than 5000 eggs hidden for hunters each year, the Primrose Easter Egg Hunt accommodates several hundred children each year.

Jeannie began at the start of March stuffing eggs with prize slips. Roughly 2,000 eggs will have a color-coded slip, which entitles the child who finds the egg, a prize including toys and stuffed animals. The remainder of the eggs are filled with candy and other treats.

With such a large number of eggs to hide, Bissell is quick to point out that the event could not happen without all of the volunteers.

"I hate to mention names as I'm sure I will leave someone out, but we have kids that come back every year to help hide the eggs and to hand out the prizes and to dress up in the Easter costumes to help make it even more fun for the kids," Jeannie said.

She also praised the cooperation of the county for allowing the use of the courthouse lawn, as well as the Scotland County Antique Fair Association, which allows the use of its lot and also volunteers the use of the association's building and tables to serve as the post-hunt prize redemption center.

While the kids are busy scooping up the candy and prizes, parents can get in line for the Scotland County Rotary Club's barbecue pork chop lunch. Meals are $7 and will begin serving at 10:30 a.m. at the Rotary Building on the southeast side of the square.

A second community Easter Egg hunt will commence at 2 p.m. at Shopko. Participants will be divided into three age groups, three and under, four to six, and seven to nine years old.

Sponsors for the event include Payne Funeral Chapel, J's Foods, Pepsi-Cola, Pizza Hut, Community Bank of Memphis, Natalie's New Outlooks, Scotland County Lanes, Bank of Memphis, U.S. Bank, RPM, Scotland County Pharmacy, Exchange Bank of Memphis, Scott's Cellular, Shopko, Hoozie's and Mayberry Farms.

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