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Easter fun for all the district's families

A slew of events, both religious and secular will be held across the Easter long weekend.

IVY WISE April 16, 2014 3:10am

Hoppy fun: Mr Hooker Bear and Easter Bilby look for places to hide Easter treats ahead of Friday’s egg hunt. Photo: JAYME LOWNDES

Echuca-Moama and surrounding areas will come to life with Easter events this weekend.

People are encouraged to donate to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, with collections happening around town.

Volunteer firefighters and helpers will collect throughout Echuca and Moama residential areas and along the main streets, while Kiwanis Club members will target campers and holiday makers along the Murray River.

Donations can also be made at the Echuca Workers and Services Club between 8.30am and 6pm or by calling 0401841791 on Good Friday only.

Merool on the Murray will host a Good Friday Appeal from 7am to 2.30pm, featuring a charity auction, pancake breakfast, bootcamp session, live music, children’s activities and footy and dance clinics.

Echuca 208 Primary School and LJ Hooker will again run the Good Friday Easter egg hunt.

Hunting starts at the school oval at 10am, with more than 18,000 chocolate eggs to find.

Entry is $5 a child, with bags supplied.

The Walk of Witness is held annually on Good Friday.

Following a cross carried by district residents, people from many churches join to pray, sing and re-hear the story of Jesus’ death.

Starting at 10.15am, the walk stops along its way through the streets of Echuca to commemorate the events of Jesus’ last hours.

The third annual Koori Arts and Craft Market will be held in Echuca on Easter Saturday.

The market, which runs from 10am to 3pm at Hopwood Gardens, will include canvas paintings, boomerangs, eggs, clay, ceramics, lino printing and jewellery, while Aboriginal elders will prepare traditional foods such as kangaroo, emu, crocodile and damper.

The Baby Dhungalla dancers will perform, as well as district bands.

The annual Mathoura Easter Fair will be held on Saturday at the Soldiers War Memorial Gardens, in Livingston St.

The event includes poetry and art competitions, a tiny tot competition, market stalls, face painting, raffles and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Also on Saturday HorseHand will hold its annual Kids Easter Egg Hunt. Children are invited to ride their horses around a 400sqm obstacle course to find stickers of different colours to swap for Easter eggs.

Many people are expected to head to Rushworth on Saturday for its Easter festival.

Rushworth’s High St will be filled with musical entertainment, stalls, food and a parade.

There will also be an art show, Lions wood and produce auction, a jumping castle, face painting and an animal farm.

The Easter egg hunt will start at 11.30am at the Community House garden.

On Sunday, the annual Gulpa Duck Race will be held at Picnic Point from noon.

Among the activities are a pooch parade and barbecue lunch.

The Port of Echuca will light up on Sunday night as part of its Easter celebrations.

Activities start at 5.30pm, followed by the paddlesteamer sailpast at 7pm and fireworks from 7.30pm.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

In the lead-up to Easter, children can join in an Easter egg hunt and a special Easter storytime for pre-school aged children at Echuca library tomorrow at 10.30am.

Easter activities for children aged five and older will be held from 10.30am tomorrow at Tongala library, while a free craft session and Easter cardmaking is on tomorrow from 2.30pm at Rochester library.

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