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EGGstravaganza, arts festival draw thousands to Civic Center

Trib Photo/Briana Lonas<br>
Shayla Fryear, 10, cuddles up to a baby goat in the petting zoo during the EGGstravaganza and Family Arts Festival at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Saturday.

Trib Photo/Briana Lonas<br> Shayla Fryear, 10, cuddles up to a baby goat in the petting zoo during the EGGstravaganza and Family Arts Festival at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Saturday.

High winds didn't hamper the fun-filled festivities during the 11th annual EGGstravaganza and Family Arts Festival Saturday. The event proved a giant success as nearly 2,000 people showed up to enjoy the egg hunt, delicious treats, art booths and a petting zoo.

"It was a huge turnout, awesome to see," said Brian Witty, Parks and Recreation director. "There were folks parked around both sides of the street. It was a fabulous event."

The verdant grounds of the Civic Center featured a fun variety of family activities including an inflatable bounce play land from Freedom Station and musical entertainment from local schools. Kids of all ages enjoyed the Family Arts Festival featuring a face painting booth, chalk painting, and other special craft projects.

The Prescott Valley Historical Society also set up a booth and encouraged youth to stop by and paint petroglyphs on flagstone pieces. The Prescott Valley Arts and Culture Commission organized the festival.

The petting zoo offered adorable baby goats, chickens, a sheep, llama and one happy pig. Children and parents entered the animal enclosure and no one could resist the barnyard charms; the critters worked the crowd and drew hundreds of smiles.

Whimsical, crafty wind chimes tinkled in the breeze, created by art students from Bradshaw Mountain High School. JTED culinary art students and the Cub Scouts provided delicious snacks and Pete West, guitar instructor, entertained the crowds.

Close to 9,000 colorful eggs graced the lawn for the popular EGGstravaganza event and eager children of all ages waited for the big moment to run and fill their baskets. The Easter Bunny also appeared for the special day and many children happily posed for pictures.

Performances included the Coyote Springs Elementary School Choir, Bradshaw Mountain High School drum line, the Humboldt Elementary School Marimba Band with band director Bart Brush, the Franklin School Jazz Band and Miss Su's ballet and tap.

In addition, Mountain View Elementary students provided robotic demonstrations, Franklin School featured hands-on woodworking projects and high school students from Bradshaw Mountain demonstrated theatrical make-up techniques, according to Arts and Culture Commissioner Suzanne Duskey.

She mentioned also that the unique tie-dye T-shirt booth raised money for the Bradshaw Mountain High School senior scholarship fund.

"There were a lot of different things this year," Duskey said.

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