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Big egg hunt, arts fest this Saturday
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Parks and Recreation employees Erin Casperson, left, and Melissa Ilkay showcase the sign they just finished announcing the Town of Prescott Valley's annual egg hunt, the Eggstravaganza, this Saturday on the Civic Center grounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.<br>
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz

Parks and Recreation employees Erin Casperson, left, and Melissa Ilkay showcase the sign they just finished announcing the Town of Prescott Valley's annual egg hunt, the Eggstravaganza, this Saturday on the Civic Center grounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.<br> Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz

Three free events Saturday give people of every age something to do at the Prescott Valley Civic Center and Public Library: the EGGstravaganza, Teen Spring Fling, and the Family Arts Festival.

For the younger children, the EGGstravaganza event includes the popular Easter egg hunt, a perfect opportunity to search for colorful plastic eggs filled with goodies. Three age groups can take part in the running of the eggs on the Civic Center lawns: 2-4 year olds and 5-7 year olds start at 11 a.m. in two separate areas, and the 8-10 year olds begin their quest at 11:20 a.m.

Each age group should keep an eye out for "special prize" eggs hidden among the 8,000 eggs the Parks and Recreation Department provides for the hunt.

EGGstravaganza runs from 10 a.m. to noon with inflatables, parachute games and a petting zoo.

The Family Arts Festival also begins at 10 a.m. with music performances and art activities for all ages, and culminates with the Take a Chair for Art auction that begins at 1 p.m. Money from the sale of the painted chairs goes to scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing a future in art. (See sidebar with schedule of music performances.)

The festival, now in its seventh year, concludes the Youth Arts Month celebrating the artistic talent and abilities of students in Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt public, private and charter schools. The PV Arts and Culture Commission sponsors the event with support from schools and the Town of Prescott Valley.

Another free event, the Teen Spring Fling, takes place in the Crystal Meeting Room on the third floor of the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for young people ages 12-18.

This event includes fashion shows - one for people and one for dogs - and information and activities on nutrition, physical fitness, and hair and skin care.

To participate as an exhibitor or teen model, call 759-3042 or e-mail Carol Sibray at csibray@pvaz.net.

This past year, the EGGstravaganza drew about 3,000 participants, said Brian Witty, PV Parks and Recreation director. He expects 3,000-4,000 people will attend the three events this year.

"We hope to attract and retain kids and parents by combining the EGGstravaganza and the Family Arts Festival on the same day," Witty said.

In the past, Elmer Claycomb stepped in as auctioneer for the Take a Seat for Art auction; however, this year Elmer is in North Dakota, Witty said. Bradshaw Mountain High School government teacher George Ponte is filling in for this year's auction.

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