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Easter eggstravaganza was basket of fun

A child dressed as the Easter Bunny meets the Easter Bunny during the Easter eggstravaganza party held for the children of Montana Air National Guard members at the 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls, Mont., March 23, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

A child dressed as the Easter Bunny meets the Easter Bunny during the Easter eggstravaganza party held for the children of Montana Air National Guard members at the 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls, Mont., March 23, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The numerous cottontail rabbits found hopping around the 120th Airlift Wing base were joined by one very large and famous bunny rabbit March 23.

The Montana Air National Guard Airman and Family Readiness Program sponsored an afternoon Easter eggstravaganza party for the children of Airmen that featured an Easter egg hunt, food, games, crafts and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

"We heard a lot of good feedback from our first Halloween event for children, so that's what prompted this," said Montana Air National Guard Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager Paige Held. "Future events will possibly happen depending upon the participation we get."

The games set up for the children to participate in included bowling, pin the nose on the bunny, egg-sack races and the beanbag toss.

Held expected from between 75 to 100 children of guard families to attend the first-ever Easter event.  

700 Easter eggs were filled with prizes or candy and then divided and placed in different locations on base to be used for three age groups of children.

"I think that this is just another way to just help build the morale on the base," Held said. "We've heard a lot of good feedback from the participants who say that they like bringing their kids up to work. It's just nice to have their children see where the parents go every workday."
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