Over 300 children scramble for candy and prizes at Easter in the Park.

Over 300 children scramble for candy and prizes at Easter in the Park.

Easter in the Park draws large crowd

Over 300 kids enjoyed Easter in the Park events sponsored by Simply Shoppers Pharmacy.

Betsy Kline

Castlegar News

More than 300 children and their families attended the Easter in the Park festivities at Kinnaird Park on Sunday. The annual event, sponsored and run by Simply Shoppers Pharmacy, was a huge success.

“It was so amazing, we got so many people in the field plus the food donations. Amazing, great year.  It was sunny the whole time,” said organizer Michele Dawson.

Two lucky children won brand new bicycles while many others went home with Easter baskets. All the children were allowed to participate in the large egg hunt.

The A&W Root Bear was on hand to cheer the children on. Other sponsors included Lordco, EZ Rock and Shoppers Pharmacy. Youth from the Castlegar Rotary interact club ran the concession in order to raise funds for a trip to Ecuador. , “The interact kids did an amazing job helping out. I’m pretty sure they did pretty good at concessions, it was packed all the time,” Dawson said.

A new feature at this year’s event was a food drive. Dawson explained why she came up with the idea.

“Everyone coming through the door gets free stuff, so why not give back?  It helps everybody have a good Easter,” she said.”