All things Easter at these two events

There were Easter baskets, Easter eggs, Easter candy, Easter baked goods, Easter face decorations and Easter bunnies at the two events I attended last weekend.

There was the first community egg hunt at Sally Buffalo Park. This was through the effort of businesses in Cadiz and outlying areas, Dale Davis, Mayor Ken Zitko, private individuals, organizations and churches. Wallace Lodge was brimming with youth and three Easter bunnies who were trying to greet each child in the audience. They were even doing the Macarena to the music.

There were more than 2,000 eggs hidden with the help of Harrison Central High School students, according to Davis, who was amazed at the large attendance. “We had more than 40 Easter baskets to give as prizes that were contributed by businesses and with donations so I could buy candy and baskets,” he said.

Lamont and I made the mistake of entering the Wallace Lodge back doors, where the children were trying to cram through all at the same time. Kay Sedgmer was telling one age group to go left and the smaller ones to veer right.

Later, I spied her at the pancake room, and said I saw her herding kids in the right direction. “Yup that’s what I am, the herder,” she laughed.

There was a little guy, Cameron Myers, who will turn 3 on May 31, choosing items out of a box decorated like a bunny with an opening to reach in. He was with his grandpa, Robert Myers of Hopedale. I have to admire him as he was trying to navigate around the crowd in a wheelchair. He seemed to be enjoying himself though.

At the Lions Club pancake and sausage room, Tom Spoonemore was busy flipping ready-made pancakes and sausage onto plates. I said I wanted two pancakes and one sausage. Because the pancakes he chose were small (must have been for the kiddies) he gave me three. Then Leonard Ferraro slid a large, fluffy and steaming hot pancake on my plate as I sat trying to clean my plate of three. Of course, I ate it, too. I was taught to clean my plate in my youth.

John Tabacchi was at his usual job of frying sausage patties. He is nearing the age of 100 but still carries on with Lion projects. I was talking to Ed Moore, Dale Davis and Toni Heavilin who were working there as well.

I hugged George Bedway, brother to Marcia Bedway, a Lion member, too, who died unexpectedly at the end of March. She did so much for the village and will be missed greatly.

After church on Sunday, Lamont and I went to Friendship Park where the 4-H Varieties Club was holding a soup and sandwich event. Joelle Bensie, the 4-H adviser and past 4-H member, was in charge. She confessed to being as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. No, she didn’t say that, but you get that feeling, right?

I couldn’t believe the many slow cookers of soup. I am only naming a few when I mention chicken noodle with Memaw’s dumplings, wedding soup, red chili, white chicken chili and veggie soup. There were delicious homemade rolls to go with the soup or cornbread. Then you helped yourself to a meatball hoagie piled high with grated cheese and a cold drink.

Baked goods were sold separately but kept at the cost of $1. Cliff Wood, from Purple Circle 4-H, but there to give support to relatives, gave me two blocks of his famous peanut butter squares that gave 4-H members at the Weirton Community overnighter enough energy to stay awake all night. They were delightful.

I asked Autumn Grafton if she would bring her Holland lop bunny to the fairgrounds to be photographed for my Easter page. He has a collection of tiny, black spots on his white fur, and Joelle Bensie, Autumn’s mother, said this type of rabbit is called a Charlie. I’m not sure if that is supposed to be capitalized or not.

I grabbed three youngsters seated at a table looking like they needed something to do, so I herded them up to the Easter Bunny, who was melting within the outfit — I know because she told me later — and took their picture. Ryder Tibbs, a second-grade pupil at Brilliant North Elementary, said he remembered me from coming to his class to read “Sleep Tight Farm,” an American Farm Bureau-sponsored book.

In Cadiz, I was talking with Gary and Kathy Barker. With them were Kathy’s dad, James Talbott, who will turn 95 soon; Kathy and Gary’s daughter, the Rev. Ashley Steele; and Steele’s two sons, bringing four generations together. Jim was sporting an Army insignia hat designating his service many years ago. He has a cousin, Dave, who lives in Lake Worth, Fla., who will be visiting again this summer. I interviewed them for Boomers several years ago, and it was a delight to see how their minds worked together. Can’t wait to get to see the duo again this year.

The two days were so much fun that it didn’t even seem like work. Happy Easter to all.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is food editor and a staff columnist for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at emccoy@heraldstaronline.com.)

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