For more than 20 years, it’s been the tradition that Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue organizes and hosts an Easter egg hunt open, free of charge, to all county children the Saturday before Easter. And so it was again this year!
And this year, unlike on some past occasions, the weather was just about perfect, sunny and warm but not too warm. At 11 a.m., the horn sounded and 120 kids, armed with baskets and bags, rushed out into the field to hunt for brightly colored plastic eggs filled with candies.
Some eggs contained a slip to claim a prize: a stuffed animal toy. All the kids also received a firefighter plastic helmet with chocolate candies. The last prize was claimed at 11:27 a.m., and within a few minutes the hall was eerily silent.
That same morning WVFR also cooked an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Some earlier- risers came to eat at 6:50 a.m., before the official 7 a.m. start. As all the food was ready, they were ushered in. All in all, WVFR served breakfast to 159 people that day, one of their most successful breakfasts yet. The Easter Bunny was a big draw and many people took pictures of their children with the bunny. Guess who the big bunny was?
Sympathy goes out to the family of Mabel Lillard. Mrs. Lillard was well loved in our county and she will be dearly missed. She passed away on Saturday, March 27 at the age of 95.
Birthday wishes go out to Amber Dodson, who turned 14 on Saturday, April 3. Amber is the daughter of Lisa Dodson, who is a deputy treasurer for the Treasurer’s office. Also wishes go out to Patrick Lee, who celebrated his special day on Monday, April 5, and to Katie Giles who celebrated her special day on Wednesday, April 7.
The 4-H Livestock Club got a tour from veterinarian Tom Massie at the Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic on March 22. Dr. Massie explained the pros and cons of becoming a vet. The children got to see where animals are X-rayed, go through operations, groomed and where they go for a wellness checkups. A fun time was had by all and the children learned a lot as well.
Anyone from 9 to 18 is welcome to join the 4-H Livestock Club, whose members learn about a variety of animals and those who own livestock will learn to show their animals for the upcoming Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock (CMR) Farm Show (www.cmrfair.com), which is July 8-12.
Members who raise an animal to show and sell at the Farm Show learn many skills; they are responsible for feeding, tending to and caring for their animal at all times despite the weather or their moods. Club members will earn money from the sale of their animals and many use this money to purchase another animal to raise and/or start a college fund. Members do not need to own a livestock animal to be in the club.
For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.