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Annual egg hunt is Easter Sunday

Lorna McDaniel

Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club is serious about one thing: helping children.

The club is celebrating 75 years of community service nationally in March.

To help celebrate their efforts, the Valley chapter of 20-30 is enlisting the children of Carson Valley for the group’s annual Easter egg hunt at Lampe Park starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

But don’t be late, because the 1,000 kids who come to seek their egg fortune make short work of the weeks of preparation the club puts into the event.

Immediate past president Nick Grant said the hunt lasts about three minutes, but kids linger for about an hour to collect prizes.

This year, kids in each age group can cash in on eggs worth a $100 savings bond or other prizes including baskets and candy.

Age groups are 0-3, 4-6 and 7-9.

“It’s one of the funnest events (the club puts on), and it’s all for children, said Jason Lowry, chairman of the Easter egg hunt.

Lowry said the club is grateful to the more than 100 contributors, including businesses and individuals.

Carson Valley Meats donates its facility for the boiling and dying operation of 1,625 dozen eggs that takes 12 hours, Grant said.

“We start the boiler at noon and finish somewhere around 2 a.m.,” he said.

The 20-member club also puts on Carson Valley Days. Activities surrounding this year’s event will be a rodeo, parade, dance and concessions and vendors in Lampe Park.

The club is active year-round, putting on events or working on projects including, the Halloween Ball and haunted house, Pedro Tournament, Project Santa Claus and the kids fishing derby.

The guys also put up the town’s Christmas tree that members said they hope to have planted this year.

All proceeds from events go to 20 youth organizations, such as Pop Warner Football, Douglas County Explorers, Miss Douglas County pageant and Carson Valley Little League. Grant said the club donates between $15,000 and $20,000 a year to youth. Members said they welcome new organizations to sponsor.

The club is also looking for new members. Requirements to join this dedicated group is to attend five consecutive meetings, then after a six-month probation, members will vote to include the pledge. Members also need to be between the age of 20 and 39.

“The club has gotten a bad rap in the past because of the drinking,” Lowry said. “But the last couple of years, it has become a new group.

“I checked it out pretty well before I joined and when I saw what they were doing for children, I think it is fantastic.

“There’s still a lot of fun, but everybody pitches in when it really counts.”

Call the clubhouse at 782-5274 for information.