Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 8, 2012

Easter egg hunt: Pocahontas continues 23-year tradition

POCAHONTAS, Va. — Karen Lafon didn’t need a public address system to address the crowd of Easter egg searchers gathered around the caboose at Laurel Meadow Park in Pocahontas Saturday afternoon.

“The child has to be able to pick up the egg,” Lafon said. “Last year, some adults picked up eggs. Everything here is for the kids.”

This year marked the 23rd year that Lafon has talked to adults and children prior to the start of the annual Easter egg hunt in Pocahontas. It all started when Lafon, a former town employee and Fern Gibson, the town’s treasurer from 1976-’92.

“Fern and I asked Sam Asbury if we could have an Easter egg hunt back when he was mayor,” Lafon said. “Sam said we could have it as long as we took care of it. We got it started and we have been holding it ever since.”

Lafon has been on her own since Gibson became ill. Gibson died in April of 2010 following a battle with cancer.

“This is strictly run on donations,” Lafon said. “We couldn’t do this, without the support we get.”

As she has done since 1989, Lafon separated the children into two groups — 1-3 year olds and 4-10 years old. “I usually have more children in the 1-3 year-old group,” Lafon said. “There’s another Easter egg hunt up in (Abbs) Valley today. Some of them may be up there.”

Braylon Brinegar, 15 months old, enjoyed some quality time with the Easter Bunny prior to joining his mother for the egg hunt. Victoria Cottingham was assisting the Easter Bunny to make the rounds of all the children. However, when the hunt started, children searched high and low for their prizes.

Trevor Gray, 8, did not want discuss the excitement of the hunt. With only 4 eggs in his basket, he was a lad of few words. “Please help me,” he said.

“I love it,” Lafon said. “I love seeing the kids enjoy it. Everyone here gets a prize. This event today is only about the kids.”

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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