Vinemont Easter in the Park an ‘eggstravagant’ affair

Children rush to collect their eggs at the Vinemont Easter in the Park event, held Saturday, March 23, 2024. (Cheyenne Sharp)

VINEMONT, Ala. – The green of the Vinemont Community Center was bustling with excitement on Saturday, March 23, as the annual Easter event was underway. Attendees from the town and surrounding areas flooded the center on the sunny afternoon, itching for a little taste of springtime fun after the area’s mercurial winter weather.

Sponsors (and their tents) lined the edges of the park, handing out goodies to each child who came through. Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene Church made children’s days with mega-sized pixie sticks and large Swedish fish, while Vinemont Christian Church employed a Christ-themed bean bag toss to allow children to win a prize. State Farm Insurance Dallice Attaway-Jones and Huntsville Hospital Urgent Care were also sponsors, lending a helping hand to make the afternoon possible.

Vinemont Councilwoman Sonya Copeland said, “We are thankful for the community coming together and having this event for South Vinemont. Several families expressed gratitude for the Town putting it together. We are looking forward to bigger and better things every year!”

The sun was shining and the breeze was blowing as the council members placed the stuffed eggs in in designated, age-appropriate  “hunting zones,” designated by colorful banners, ensuring that all children were able to participate in the festivities.

Hunting Easter eggs had the crowd drumming up an appetite. Local business The Butcher Meat Co. generously donated and smoked hundreds of hotdogs for the event, with the event sponsors and town council coming together to provide drinks, cookies and chips.

This year, the Town decided to branch out and make use of the newly renovated park. With the success of the town’s inaugural Tinsel Trail over the Christmas holidays, it chose to hold a Bunny Trail: hand-painted and decorated wooden eggs are propped and on display around the perimeter of the park, each giving an opportunity and platform to showcase an individual, cause, team or organization. Unlike the Tinsel Trail, the Bunny Trail was a judged competition, with the top three entrants winning a prize from the Town.

The community center’s neighboring property, Jolley’s Daycare, swept the competition and took home first place with its collection of three eggs, touting multicolored handprints from the children in their care. Second place went to the Shops of Vinemont, one of the town’s newest businesses, and their traditionally painted pastel eggs. Third place was claimed by Shirley Arnett – her floral egg that recounted the Easter story moved the judges and enthralled the crowd.

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