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Egg hunts planned for Easter weekend in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — A longtime tradition continues this Easter weekend.

American Legion Post 147 will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, an event that was started by World War II veterans more than 70 years ago.

The event starts at 3 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to be at the post — 137 American Legion Road, Rockingham — by 2:45 p.m.

At noon on Saturday, Darren’s Voice will be hosting an egg hunt at East Rockingham Park.

Shelia Bostic, founder of Darren’s Voice, said the group and family wanted to “shine a little light on this community, and let them know they are not alone.”

The organization is named in honor of her late son, Darren Bostic, who passed away in 2022 after taking a fentanyl-pressed pill he thought was a percocet.

Click here to read more about Darren’s Voice.

With all the opioid-related deaths in the community, Bostic said she feels Darren would “much rather us help the kids that are left behind like his three daughters,” so “we decided Easter would be perfect.”

“So many children (are) losing their parents and so many parents (are) burying their children, we have to come together in this war,’ Bostic said.

The eggs in the hunt will have candy and prizes and there will be a money egg with Darren’s photo. Hot dog plates will be served and special guests will include the Easter Bunny and the captain from Captain D’s.

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Other holiday activities on Saturday include:

  • Easter Egg Hunt at Beverly Hills Baptist Church – 10 a.m.
  • Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Lunch at Sweet Haven Church – 11:30 a.m.
  • Kids Easter Party at VFW Post 4203 – 1-3 p.m.

The town of Dobbins Heights will host a hunt on Easter Monday. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Community Center and the hunt starts at 11 a.m. at the neighboring park. There will also be food, music and prizes.

Krystal Dawn Retreat will host a luau-themed egg hunt on April 6 for families of children on the autism spectrum.

All events are free and open to the public.

Note: This story has been updated to include an event. 7:25 p.m. 3-28-24.