Weekend offers variety of Easter events
THE JOURNAL STAFF
Local churches will be gathering for services Sunday morning in celebration of Easter, but a variety of events — including Easter Egg hunts, sunrise services and more — are scheduled this weekend in the local area.
The following is a list of events provided to The Journal. For other events not listed here, check the websites for specific organizations.
Forecasts of rain for today forced the cancellation of a citywide “Fun Day” event in Walhalla today. Rain could also affect other activities scheduled.
The Fair Play Rotary Club is planning its Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Because of the predicted rain, the event has been moved to inside the Fair Play Community Center.
Clemson is celebrating Easter with an Easter Bunny 5K run and half-marathon in the South Carolina Botanical Garden from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Runners can chase a carrot from start to finish, finding eggs hidden on the trail along the way. All eggs that are found by runners must be carried to the finish line for runners to receive special prizes. The 5K will cover the garden and parts of Clemson’s campus. The half-marathon route covers campus, the dikes, Lake Hartwell and the botanical garden. Both Easter races will start at the garden, located at 150 Discovery Lane. An Easter Egg hunt is also set for 9:30 a.m.
Nettles Park in Clemson is the site of a four-part Easter Egg hunt that involves four different age groups. Everyone participating in the park’s hunt at 10 a.m. will receive a free goodie bag.
The Central-Clemson Recreational Department has coordinated an Easter Egg hunt for Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that will be split into age groups. Participants are challenged to find the golden egg for a prize. Carnival games, face painting and food are also available. Tickets are available on site at $10 per child.
The 23rd annual Easter Egg hunt in Westminster, organized by Betty Ruth Johnson, is set for 4 p.m. today at the West-Oak Middle School baseball field. There will be 10,000 eggs and a variety of prizes for the children, including 21 bikes.
St. Luke United Methodist Church, located at 607 Main St. in Walhalla, will hold its sunrise service Sunday at 7 a.m., followed by a light breakfast. There will be food, fellowship and flowers at 10 a.m., where children will have time to decorate a flowered cross.
New Hope Baptist Church is sponsoring a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. at Gignilliat Field in Seneca. Pastor Brian Buckner said there will be about 200 chairs set up in the middle of the field for the service. The service will feature live music by the church’s praise band and a sermon. Coffee, donuts and juice will be served. Buckner said the church has traditionally done its sunrise service at its church building on Keowee School Road, but decided to have the service at Gignilliat in an effort to reach out to a different area of Seneca.
Chattooga Belle Farm will be having a 2,000-egg hunt Sunday with the hunt and other farm festivities starting at noon and lasting until 4 p.m. The Easter Egg hunt will be at 1 p.m. for children up to age 5 and at 1:30 p.m. for ages 5 and above. Tickets for an Easter buffet have sold out. Chattooga Belle Farm is located at 454 Damascus Church Road in Long Creek.