Annual ‘Egg-Gathering/Ham Walk’ ushers in Easter festivities at the park

By Clara Glendale | Just following the assignment sheet

The annual egg-finding contest and “ham walk” is set for April 19 at Bass Lake’s still-unnamed uptown park.

Festivities are presented by Bass Lake Sidewalk Merchants, although the group has no direct involvement. Local author Jimbo Larson will serve as master of ceremonies, because he’s bored.

The “big yearly egg-grab,” as it’s commonly called but is nowhere close to its official title, is intended for children ages 12 and under, and their immediate/extended families. Participants and spectators are not allowed to bring chocolate into the park.

Eggs are provided, but must be returned at the conclusion of the contest.

“They aren’t really eggs,” said Jennifer Sparkle, newest member of the event planning committee. “They’re actually plastic, fillable ovulars, from what I can gather.”

Each child is required to bring his or her own collection-receptacle. No exceptions at all.

This year’s contest is likely to involve at least one returning family unit. Cynthia Davis, 33 and mother of 3, first attended the egg-snag in 2013, and has fond memories of the experience. Davis and her bevy of offspring plan to give it another go-round.

“The kids loved it,” Davis said. “I’d recommend it to anybody, unless you have something better to do that day, which we really don’t.”

Prizes are awarded in several age categories:

  • Pre-age 1
  • 1-plus to 2
  • 2 to 3-1/3
  • 3.34 to 7
  • 7-up
  • 11-plus-and-under
  • “Wild-card”

Winner in each category receives a ham.

Winner of the ham-walk gets a dozen eggs.

A longtime tradition of rabbit-painting has been dropped from the event lineup.

Max Fontaine was involved in this report, for undisclosed reasons.

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