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An Easter tradition

SAFFORD — On Friday morning, children from across the Gila Valley poured onto the baseball diamonds at the Graham County Fairgrounds for the Eastern Arizona Courier’s 29th annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Children from newborns to age 8 collected thousands of eggs, all filled with candy, coupons and gift certificates in just a few minutes. The eggs were scattered over the grass earlier by Courier staff, and the egg hunters were divided into four age groups: 0-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8.

After the hunt, attendees stuck around for the numerous prizes that were raffled. Those prizes included Easter baskets, scooters and bicycles, all made possible by the Courier and the event’s many sponsors.

“Our Easter Egg Hunt went very well this year,” said Courier publisher Monica Watson. “We’re always happy to do this for the community, completely free to everyone. It was a lot of fun.”

Sponsors included: Vista Recycling, Ferrin’s Auto, Bashas’, Stotz Equipment, Wayne’s Pit Stop, the City of Safford, Sunshine Valley Apartments, Country Financial, Tractor Supply, The Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley, Graham County Fairgrounds, Valley Furniture, 5th Avenue Florist, Freeport-McMoRan, The Graham County Chamber of Commerce, Copper Steer Steakhouse, Brand Source, CMI, Sonic, Debbie’s, R&R Pizza, The Plantation, Extreme Martial Arts, Domino’s, Cycle Path, Stargazer 5-Allen Theaters, Washington Federal, El Mesquite, OneAZ, Walmart, Safeway, Chase Bank, Aaron’s, Super Wok, Act Fast Delivery, Patrick O’Donnell, Gila Valley Comic-Con and Eastern Arizona Courier.