Plastic Easter eggs will fall from the sky at the Shelby County Fairgrounds April 19.
The Sidney Apostolic Temple has planned to drop 8,000 plastic eggs from a helicopter at 4:30 p.m. that day. Children 1 to 12 can scramble to find them, but the children must be registered to do so. Registration will take place at the fairgrounds that day, but early registration can be done online at www.SATemple.net. Admission is free and gates will open at 3 p.m.
The Easter bunny will be there to visit with children.
The Sidney First United Methodist Church will hide 10,000-15,000 plastic, candy-filled eggs on the lawn of Sidney High School on Easter Sunday, April 20. The search, open to children through sixth grade, will begin immediately after an 11 a.m. contemporary church service, including one for children, at the school.
Other egg hunts and Easter-related activities are as follows, listed by date:
Friday: The Sidney Apostolic Temple, 210 S. Pomeroy, will screen the television movie, “The Bible: Life and Crucifixion,” at 7 p.m. Admission is a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to Agape Ministries.
Sunday: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 217 hosts its annual Palm Sunday brunch at the legion hall, 1265 Fourth Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for adults are $8, for children 6-12, $4. Children under 6 admitted free. The menu comprises breakfast items, ham loaf, beef stroganoff, chicken and dumplings, chicken and noodles, stuffed shells, salads, desserts and homemade pecan rolls.
The Botkins Young Farmers will be hosting an all-you-can-eat Palm Sunday Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Botkins High School. They will be serving ham, pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, donuts and toast, along with coffee, orange juice and milk. Presale tickets for adults will be $6 and $7 at the door. Children 6-12 years old will be $3, while 5 and under are free.
The Minster Journeyman’s Club hosts its annual Easter egg hunt at Four Season Park in Minster for children 8 and under. Prizes will be awarded to the top three places in each age group. The hunt will start at 1 p.m.
The Fort Loramie community Fire Department hosts its annual Easter egg hunt in the Village of Fort Loramie Youth Park at 1 p.m. for children in preschool through third grade. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in each of four age groups.
April 16-18: Sidney First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Poplar St., will open five rooms in the church, decorated in the Easter themes of “The Last Supper,” what Jesus did on the cross, foot washing, the Garden of Gethsemane and the cross and the trial. People can visit the rooms to look at them and move on or to use the space for meditation and reflection. The rooms are handicap accessible and will be open April 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. especially for children and families, and April 17 and 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. for adults. Admission is free.
April 18: Sidney First United Methodist Church hosts the annual community Good Friday service coordinated by the Shelby County Ministerial Association at noon.
The Downtown Sidney Business Association hosts its annual Easter egg hunt on the courtsquare at 5:30 p.m. for children 1-12.
April 19: The Hardin United Methodist Church hosts its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. for children 2-11 at the Crossroads, in Hardin across from the church at 6073 Hardin-Wapakoneta Road.
The Anna Civic Association hosts the Anna Community Easter Egg Hunt at Anna Elementary School at 2 p.m. for children 1-8.
April 20: The Versailles Christian Church, 105 W. Ward St., hosts an Easter egg hunt for all children at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the church.
The Sidney First United Methodist Church holds a sunrise Easter service in Tawawa Park at 7 a.m. and a traditional service at the church at 9 a.m.
The Sidney Apostolic Temple, 210 S. Pomeroy, will have a petting zoo open during its Easter service at 10 a.m. Children are welcome to visit the zoo before and after the service and during Sunday school to have their pictures taken with the animals. The Easter bunny will also be available for photos. The temple is participating in a Thirty Pieces of Silver fundraising drive to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Donations made at the temple on Easter will be added to that effort. The service will feature the temple choir in “The Crimson Stream of Blood.”