Pima treats the town with the fourth annual Easter Extravaganza 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The fourth annual Easter Extravaganza was enjoyed by many. Thousands of eggs were placed on three fields for the different age groups of children to retrieve.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The fourth annual Pima Easter Extravaganza was a hit.

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

PIMA – The fourth annual Pima Easter Extravaganza was an all-out hit on Saturday, as a throng of attendees flocked to the Pima ball fields for a free cowboy breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Some of the biggest smiles come from the smallest participants.

The event was organized by Pima Vice-Mayor Sherrill Teeter, who was also at the site at 6 in the morning spreading the more than 6,000 eggs on three separate age-group fields. It is one of the quarterly events put on by the town for the community. 

“It went really well,” Teeter said. “A lot more people than expected. I’m very impressed. (Everyone was) very well behaved.” 

Prior to the egg hunt, a cowboy breakfast including scrambled eggs and pancakes cooked up by Pima Mayor Dale Rogers and others, including Todd James. Once attendees got their grub, they headed down the line and were treated to a smothering of pancake syrup by Pima Police Chief Diane Cauthen. That right there is small-town Americana at its finest – the mayor makes the pancake and the chief of police douses it with syrup for you.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Pima Mayor Dale Rogers pours out some pancake batter. Those in attendance raved about his pancakes.

“The breakfast smelled and looked really good,” Teeter said. While Mayor Rogers said he had some issues to overcome with the pancake batter, those enjoying the pancakes described them as being some of the best they’ve ever had.   

After breakfast, children completed their pages for the coloring contest and eagerly awaited the  9 a.m. countdown to the egg hunt. 

Teeter organized three age groups on three separate ball fields this year – newborn – 3 years old, 4 – 8, and 9 – 12. Each field then took a turn gathering the roughly 2,000 eggs on each field. While the youngest group took a few minutes to complete its sweep, the 9 – 12 age group finished the task in just 1:16 and the 4 – 8 age group did so in a lightning-fast 1:04.

The plastic eggs held either candy or prizes, and there was a grand prize of a new bicycle donated by Walmart for each age group. 

Jon Johnson Video/Gila Herald: Fourth annual Pima Easter Extravaganza

In the newborn – 3 years old group, Aelynn Dryden, 3, of Pima, was the big winner. Father Clint Dryden said the family had been to other town events but this was the first time participating in the egg hunt. 

“She had a great time,” Clint said. “They both did – my son is hanging out over there as well.” 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Participants line up to gather the eggs.

In the 4 – 8 age group, Van Rich, visiting family from Chandler, Arizona, took home the grand prize. Van’s mother said he has a thing about collecting only blue eggs and his basket was full of blue eggs and one, single solitary green egg, which was the grand prize winner.

“Long time attendee, first-time bike winner,” she said.   

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Bike winners were, from left, Aelynn Dryden, 3, Van Rich, 7, and Keira Ferrin, 10.

In the 9 – 12 age group, Keira Ferrin, 10, of Pima, was the lucky winner and said she would immediately make use of it. 

“I did have a bike but it’s broken,” Ferrin said. “Go Easter, go Pima!”

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Children flock to the coloring table section.

Teeter said she is looking to incorporate more events back into the Easter Extravaganza in the future, including the original rodeo that was popular with the community. 

“We’re slowly going to try and build back up and get things back to our Pima thing,” Teeter said. “As much as I can support the town and the community and the town can support itself I love it.”

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Children race to gather the eggs.

Click here to see the Gila Herald’s Photo Album of the event.

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