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Easter festivities took place throughout Hot Springs last week. Many events throughout the town sought to engage community members with the spirit of the holiday. 

Tuesday morning, children from Bethesda Lutheran School made a trip to Pine Hills Retirement Community to go on an egg hunt and visit with residents. 

Saturday morning, area kids braved the snow and cold to participate in the Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt at the Micheal J. Fitzmaurice State Veteran's Home lawn. 

Dozens of children sprinted through the grass to swipe as many eggs as possible. The excitement was over minutes after the hunt started as the kids quickly found most of the eggs. 

After the Easter egg hunt, children were able to participate in games and receive prizes. The games were sponsored by the Legion Riders.

The most popular event was the egg toss. Teams of two partnered up and began tossing real eggs back and forth. After each partner made a successful catch, they each moved a step back. 

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Most eggs were able to withstand a few dropped catches, provided they landed in the grass. The field of competition was weeded out significantly as half of the participants stepped back onto a sidewalk. The eggs proved no match for the cold cement. The winners of the toss were throwing the eggs over 20 yards. 

Area churches hosted Easter celebrations on Sunday. Woolly' Grill hosted an Easter brunch. An Easter breakfast and Service was held at the Mueller Center by the Southern Hills Evangelical Free Church and Hot Springs Wesleyan Church. In addition to food and the service, children were invited to participate in the Easter Eggstravaganza. The event sported activities such as games, face painting, balloon animals, crafting and a bouncy house. 

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