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The Rude family of River Falls has become part of the volunteering tradition for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Shown from last year: Front, Cassi and Connor Rude; back, Dan and Rose Rude. Tracey Meyer assumed the Easter Bunny role.

Editorial: When dreams come true, it must be spring

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Rose Rude, who’s chaired organized efforts for the last handful of Easter Egg Hunts, believes most of us are dreaming of spring. With the winter we’ve had, that’s a pretty fair assumption.

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We can only hope spring, unlike last year, isn’t delayed until early May, when yet another snowstorm pelted River Falls.

Rude is not only dreaming of spring 2014, but preparing for it by helping organize what will now be called the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival.

So parents and kids, mark your calendars and start dreaming. This year’s egg hunt and carnival is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, inside the high school.

The early spring event is aimed at children ages 1-7. Easter egg hunts of yore were held outside at Glen Park. But with unpredictable spring weather often feeling more like winter, the event has gone indoors to the climate-controlled, spacious high school commons and gym.

Rude says it takes a coordinated team effort to stage a successful egg hunt and carnival. This team effort, she adds, relies on the good intentions of many volunteers.

Rude is urging family time together as her volunteering pitch this year, saying, “This can become a family volunteering tradition.”

Last year, 47 volunteers put candy and treats in 2,700 plastic eggs at The Lutheran Home while 88 volunteers assisted with the actual egg hunt and many carnival games that drew 450 kids.

Rude says the biggest volunteer need is on the day of the event when the high school is bustling with activities and people. Even with 88 volunteers for that day last year, Rude said another 15 volunteers were needed.

Volunteers get a free lunch. They’re given a task for the egg hunt when they sign in at the volunteer registration table.

Elaine Baker heads up volunteer recruitment. She can be reached by email at elainebaker55@gmail.com or by calling 715-222-5708.

Another notable aspect for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival is that participants are asked to bring supplies for the River Falls Community Food Pantry. Last year 285 pounds of food and $106 in cash went to help feed those who live among us but are having trouble affording their groceries.

So go ahead, don’t just dream about spring. Get involved with your family for the 2014 egg hunt.

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Pat Hunter
(715) 425-1561
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