Community Interest

Biggest Turn-Out Ever for New Melle Easter Egg Hunt

The 24th Annual New Melle Chamber of Commerce Community Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, April 20, 2019, and participation reached an all-time record — 302 children, plus over 80 adults in the Cystic Fibrosis Adult Hunt.

The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who helped with or supported the event, including New Melle Sports and Recreation for providing the location, Ages and Stages Learning Center for providing the bags, the New Melle Fire Department for providing drinks, Meghan Swobada who dressed up as the Easter Bunny, Janet Hespen and the New Melle Queen Candidates for setting up the fields, Pocket of Preschool Academy for assisting the Easter Bunny, Hope Fick for bringing rabbits and a goat to pet, Boy Scout Troop 856 for stuffing 6000+ eggs (an all-time high!) and Kyle Shell for serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Special thanks also to the following who provided activities and games for the kids: Blondin Professional Real Estate (and their face-painting artists), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ben Waggoner-Edward Jones, Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, and Overstock Outlet.

This was the 24th year that the New Melle Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the hunt. Over $1200 in prizes were purchased with money collected from area businesses and residents. Five bicycles were awarded, donated by Peoples Savings Bank, Catala Facial Retreat and Spa, Wolf Hwy. D Storage, and the New Melle Chamber of Commerce; plus there were numerous attendance prizes for children, adults and families. Each child also received a bag containing coupons and free gifts from businesses that contributed to the event.

The Cystic Fibrosis Adult Hunt was sponsored by Equity Prime Mortgage–Ryan and Julie Sanford, and Overstock Outlet–Rich and Lori West. Over 150 prizes were donated by the sponsors, plus other businesses and organizations who specifically supported the adult hunt. The Live, Laugh, Libby Team raised over $700 for CF via a raffle featuring beautiful gift baskets and home décor items. Both the adult hunt and raffle proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which helps support patients and families living with the disease.

The New Melle Chamber of Commerce appreciates everyone for their generous support. Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped make this event happen: stuffing eggs, stuffing bags, setting up, cleaning up, working the day of, and more.

Chairperson, Maureen Blondin, said “Everyone pulls together every year to pull this off. It’s a great community event! Thank you!”

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Age group 0-3

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Age group 0-3

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Age group 4-6.

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Age group 4-6.

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Age group 7-10.

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Age group 7-10.

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Adult hunt - benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Adult hunt - benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Bike winners - bikes were donated by Peoples Savings Bank,
Catala Facial Retreat and Spa, Wolf Hwy. D Storage,
and the New Melle Chamber of Commerce.

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New Melle Festival Queen Candidates for 2019, with the Easter Bunny.

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Pictures with the Easter Bunny.

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Pictures with the Easter Bunny.

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Pictures with the Easter Bunny.

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Face-painting sponsored by Blondin Professional Real Estate.

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Face-painting sponsored by Blondin Professional Real Estate.

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New Melle Fire Fighters provided drinks.

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The Gould Family.

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Decorating eggs at the Overstock Outlet tent.

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Winning a prize at the duck pond sponsored by St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

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Picking an egg at the Edward Jones Tent.

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Raffle items from the Live, Laugh Libby Team for Cystic Fibrosis.

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Julie Sanford - Equity Prime Mortgage - co-sponsor with Overstock Outlet for the Adult Easter Egg Hunt.

Among this year’s event sponsors were:

A & S Septic

Amy & Libby Thornton

Ages and Stages Learning Center

Bavarian Smoke Haus

Blondin Professional Real Estate

B-Sharp Screen Printing

Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique

Crossroads Veterinary Hospital DBA Moblie Vet

Edward Jones-Ben Waggoner

Fireside Bar & Grill

Fitness First Aerobics- Janet Hespen

Frank Trupiano

Frisella Nursery

Glenda Herron

Grace Hauling

Hot Shots

Joerling Brothers Trucking

Karrenbrock Construction

Kathy Kilo Peterson State Farm Agency

Liz’s Bar & Grill

Luxury Nails

Maracas Mexican Restaurant

Mr & Mrs Donald Hendrich

New Melle Dental

New Melle Fire Protection District

Overstock Outlet

Peoples Savings Bank

Pocket of Preschool Academy

Porky Joerling Trucking

Prime Equity Mortgage-Ryan & Julie Sanford

RJ Consulting-Terry Keymer

Rob Hamann Agency

Short Stop’s Convenience Store

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Stay True Boutique

Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards

Summit Steak & Seafood-Laure Yaeger

The Greenwood Group

The Missouri Bank

The Quarry Wine Garden

The Tattooed Dog

The Write Design

Tidd Realty

US Nails

VFW Thiemann-Tidd Memorial Post 5651

Wind Ridge Farms

Wolf Highway D Storage

Work Horse Construction Group

Zollmann Law, LLC