Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Grove’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt organizers have been busy all year raising funds and purchasing the more than 4,000 Easter eggs and 1,300 prizes for this year’s hunt. With help from Group 33 Motorcycle Club, volunteers were busy stuffing eggs at the Grove Moose Lodge Wednesday evening.

Grove’s Annual Easter Egg is at 2 p.m. (sharp) on Easter Sunday, at the Sports Complex, behind the EMS building.

“We have four bikes and 1,300 prize eggs ranging from $1 to $80,” said Charolette Stogsdill who has been organizing the hunt for over 25 years along with her friend Connie Arnall.

“At least 12 pick up loads,” said Arnall.

According to Stogsdill, they have 350-400 prizes per age group and they expect another large turn out this year.

“We’ve been having a hard time getting people to donate this year. It's not about Easter. I want them to have memories.” Stogsdill explained that she always wants to go overboard with the eggs so there are plenty for everyone.

“We’re the only one in the four state area that does prizes this big,” she said.

The City of Grove gives them money, and they receive donations from other organizations and private citizens, however she and Connie always spend their own money as well. This year Stogsdill said they spent about $4,500 of their own money.

“Most big sponsors sponsor the big events that help juveniles after they need help, but we want to give to them now and encourage them now, not later,” said Stogsdill. She encourages sponsors and city officials to come see how their dollars are spent and the joy of seeing the 700 or 800 kids that come.

“The sad thing is it starts at 2 p.m. sharp and there are always kids running because they were late,” she said.