The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 22, 2013

Hunting season: Easter offers plenty of egg-related activities

JOPLIN, Mo. — Work changes during the late winter months at Candy House Chocolate Factory. Candy-makers stop making hearts and start making eggs.

They stuff them will filling. They hollow eggs out and fill them up with other chocolates. They offer panoramic eggs, hollowed out and filled with a bunny or ducky. They make suckers and other candies in the shape of eggs.

Entire displays at the Joplin store, 510 Kentucky Ave., are devoted to eggs.

The oblong edibles are a historical symbol of Easter. Every year, they are decorated, hidden, found again and devoured in a number of different forms. Though different religions celebrate Easter different ways, the hunt for eggs is officially on.

A-hunting we will go

Despite some of the Joplin area's bigger Easter egg hunts being canceled, such as the Joplin Jaycees' "Gone in 60 Seconds," there will be plenty of chances to go hunting.

~ Carousel Park will hold an egg hunt on March 30 as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House. The hunt was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the threat of winter weather pushed organizers to postpone.

About 12,000 eggs will be available for kids to hunt, and those eggs will be stuffed with candy, park discounts and prizes such as bicycles, scooters and gift cards.

The event includes two hunts: one at noon for children 32 to 42 inches tall, and one at 1:30 p.m. for kids between 43 and 54 inches tall.

Entry costs $1, and proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House of the Four States.

Details: 417-626-7710.

~ Christ's Community United Methodist Church will hold a hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, regardless of weather conditions.

"We may have to move it inside," said Stephanie Trenary, children's minister at the church. "It won't be as exciting as running outside to get eggs, but kids will still get them."

Thousands of eggs have been donated by members and are filled with candy or prizes. Different hunts will be held for different age groups, and other activities such as a jelly-bean guessing contest and a short devotional will be held.

The church is located at 2700 E. 44th St.

Details: 417-781-8701.

~ Weather also changed the details of the hunt organized by First Presbyterian Church. The hunt will be held at 5 p.m. at the church, 509 S. Pearl Ave. The event was originally scheduled to be held at Shoalkirk Retreat Center, but weather concerns forced the move. The hunt could also be held inside the church instead of outside.

Details: 417-624-2433.

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