MONTGOMERY — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 held its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt for area children on Easter Sunday, April 21.
The children were greeted by the Easter bunny upon their arrival. Tickets for the special drawings of bicycles for boys and girls were given to the children as they entered the gate.
One hundred-fifty dozen colored eggs and 400 plastic eggs with candies were hidden in the grassy ball field at Valley High School. Also hidden were 100 plastic eggs containing a gold dollar coin each.
The children (babies through 12 years of age) were grouped according to age into four areas. A site also was made available for children with disabilities.
In spite of cool weather, 203 children gathered all of the eggs in just a little over 2 minutes.
Afterwards, 10 lucky children were awarded bicycles. Each child received an Easter basket filled with assorted treats prepared by the ladies Auxiliary. Excess baskets were donated to the residents of Montgomery General Nursing Care Center.
Boys bike winners were Oliver Barnhart and Syler Gillespie, both of Smithers; Jaydon Goff and Landon Goff, both of Mile Branch; and Logan Mercer of Morgantown.
Winners of the girls bikes were Evelyn Ren of Montgomery, Jordyn Brown of St, Albans, Haddien Pilbeam of Gauley Bridge, Payton Galepon of Pratt and Emily Toney of Gauley Bridge.
Members of the Eagles Montgomery #1040 thank the following: Principal Lee Loy of Valley High School for providing the facility, the Valley High School kitchen staff for the egg preparations, Walmart at Quincy, Grant’s of Smithers, Rainbow Floral of Montgomery, Terry Burhans of WCSH, Makenzie Randolph (Easter bunny) and many members who gave of their time and support for this annual event for area children.