Saturday will be a day of activities for both youngsters and residents as multiple events are offered in two main areas of town: downtown and Illinois Valley Central High School.

The Easter Egg Round Up, put on by the downtown merchants, boasts about 8,000 eggs to be spread around City Park. This will be the 12th year for the merchants to offer the event, but organizer Shirley Loser of Covered Wagon Crafts said the hunt has been offered for years in the downtown location, beginning when the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4999 was downtown.

The hunt begins at 10 a.m., and the children are divided into age groups of baby-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9 and up to hunt in their own staked areas. Loser and her friends fill the eggs with candy and trinkets. That day bags of chips and drink boxes also will be on the lawn with the eggs. Some parents have told Loser they appreciate not everything being candy. To add to the merriment, GST Productions will mix up a few tunes for the morning, and The Unique Twist will offer balloon creations. The friendly Easter Bunny also will be on hand for photos and will carry a basket of eggs to pass out to younger children who are afraid to enter the ring for the hunt. A box will be available for parents and children to return the plastic eggs to be reused next year.

Once the hunt is over, residents may want to head to the Chillicothe Historical Society's Rock Island Depot, which will be open for tours until 2 p.m. Sandy, the beloved mechanical horse that many children rode years ago, is located at the depot, along with railroad memorabilia.

The Easter Bunny will be busy as the pancake breakfast at the high school runs from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. For the past couple years, the Relay For Life team Camp Agna, made up of IVC faculty, have offered a breakfast to fill up the stomachs of children before the hunt. Included are pancakes, eggs and sausage, along with refreshments. Games and activities will be offered during the breakfast. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. The 17th annual egg hunt, sponsored by the Chillicothe Optimist Club is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

For the first time, a spring craft show will run in the new gym at the high school from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Almost 60 vendors will show off their wares of arts, crafts and products. A huge bake sale will offer goodies, including pies for residents' Easter celebration the next day. The craft show is sponsored by a group of high school students who will take a service trip to the Grand Traverse Reservation in Michigan this summer. All proceeds from the craft show will benefit the Native Americans of the Grand Traverse Reservation. "It is a great opportunity for the kids to raise some money that will ultimately benefit others," said IVC Counselor Mark Kosinski. "We hope that the community will come support a great cause."

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