Dowagiac gearing up for Easter tradition

Dowagiac’s annual Easter egg hunt, including other festivities, will be this Saturday at City Hall Park.

DOWAGIAC — The city’s 19th annual Easter Eggstravaganza will be held this coming Saturday at City Hall Park, city officials said in a news release.

The event will feature the annual “Be a Bunny” costume contest at 11:45 a.m. Johnson said costumed bunnies and their parents should gather at the front entrance to City Hall, beginning at 11:30 for the contest that awards prizes for the best overall costume, most colorful and most original.

Costumed characters, along with Miss Dowagiac Juliana Stanger and her court, will be on hand to greet children.

“Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and are invited to take pictures of their children as they visit with the Easter Bunny, beginning at 10:30,” Johnson said in a news release.

Staff and volunteers of the city’s Department of Public Services will help set up the egg hunt. Also working with Lifestyle Nutrition have been Chamber of Commerce representatives Dr. Timothy Dowsett and Vickie Phillipson.

The Easter egg hunt begins at noon for youngsters, ages 2 to 10. Children up to age 5 will hunt for eggs on the lawn in front of City Hall, while ages 6 to 10 will search for eggs within City Hall Park. Children will also enjoy games and cookie decorating. 

“Traditionally, Easter Eggstravaganza marks the official arrival of springtime to our community,” Johnson said. In case of rain, activities will be held Saturday, April 20. The celebration is one of several seasonal events of the Chamber of Commerce.

Chairing this year’s event, from Lifestyle Nutrition, is Angela Johnson. The event is hosted by the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce and organized by Lifestyle Nutrition.