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3/30/2021 11:06:00 AM
Easter Fun
The late Betty Gabriel Ross, long-time City of Lincolnton Recreation Director, started the Easter Egg Hunt 74 years ago.  For years, it was held at the old City Park on N. Aspen Street. It was moved to the park named for Betty on S. Madison Street in 1975 and was held every year through 2019.  Then came the pandemic.  The City Parks & Recreation Dept. has organized this year's drive-thru celebration as a safe alternative.  Maybe next year, we'll get back to normal.
The late Betty Gabriel Ross, long-time
City of Lincolnton Recreation Director,
started the Easter Egg Hunt 74 years
ago.  For years, it was held at the old
City Park on N. Aspen Street. It was
moved to the park named for Betty on
S. Madison Street in 1975 and was
held every year through 2019.  Then
came the pandemic.  The City Parks &
Recreation Dept. has organized this
year's drive-thru celebration as a
safe alternative.  Maybe next year,
we'll get back to normal.


Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


If you're old enough to remember when the annual City of Lincolnton Easter Egg Hunt started, chances are you're not able to participate in a special Easter Egg Hunt for senior citizens scheduled for this Wednesday (March 31st) at the Lincoln County Senior Center.

For the second year in a row, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Recreation Dept. won't be holding its traditional Easter event this year, but they've got something else planned for this Saturday (April 3rd). More about that in a moment, but first, let's talk about the event Wednesday for those of us who may be in our second childhood.

The Lincoln County Senior Center, on Center Drive just off S. Generals Blvd., will be having an Easter Egg Hunt for senior citizens Wednesday. They've splitting it into two groups--one at 10 AM and the other at noon. We've been told that the Easter Bunny may make a special guest appearance!

If you're a senior citizen, you're invited. You do need to pre-register by calling 704-732-9053. As of early Tuesday morning, they still had room for more participants at both times; they are limiting each to 40. You are welcome to bring your grandchildren (or great grandchildren) with you if they're not in school. There will be prizes including a big prize for the person who finds the Golden Egg at each hunt. Even if you've had both your COVID shots, you will still need to wear a mask. They want to make this fun--not fatal!

On Saturday, the Lincolnton Recreation Dept. will join with the Coalition Against Child Abuse, Partnership for Children, Cultural Center and two churches to provide a safe alternative to the Easter Egg Hunt. It's a drive-by Easter celebration in downtown Lincolnton and it will happen from 10 AM until noon (or while supplies last). Parents, guardians or grandparents are invited to bring their youngsters 12 years old and younger and make stops at the Cultural Center (Cedar Street side), First Federal Park (N. Poplar St.), First United Methodist and Emmanuel Lutheran churches. Each stop will have treats including candy and a prize for the kids. Participants must be n a car to receive candy or a toy; no walk-ups will be allowed. There is a limit of one bag of candy or toy per child and no more than five bags per vehicle.

Some area churches, although not as many as usual, are having Easter egg hunts this Saturday.



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