Community Interest

Great Turn Out for New Melle Easter Egg Hunt

The 26th Annual New Melle Easter Egg Hunt on April 3rd was a rousing success! Approximately 250 kids attended, and over 60 people did the adult hunt (raising over $600 for Cystic Fibrosis.)

The New Melle 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; the City of New Melle for providing the cookies; Samantha Brague who dressed up as the Easter Bunny; Janet Hespen, Red Tree Church, the New Melle Queen Candidates and volunteers from Peoples Savings Bank for setting up the fields; Gerry and Sharon Wolf for managing the special prize eggs and tables, and Boy Scout Troop 856 for stuffing 6000+ eggs. Thanks also to Blondin Professional Real Estate and Overstock Outlet for providing kids activities. 

This was the 26th year that the New Melle Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the hunt. Over $1000 in prizes were purchased with money collected from area businesses and residents. Three bicycles were awarded, one donated by Peoples Savings Bank and two by Catala Facial Retreat and Spa. 

The Cystic Fibrosis Adult Hunt was sponsored by Equity Prime Mortgage–Ryan and Julie Sanford, and Overstock Outlet–Rich and Lori West. Over 100 prizes were awarded and $620 was raised for CF. 

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, shopping for prizes and more. 

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

Event sponsors included: A & S Septic and Utilities, Ages & Stages Learning Center, Backyard Party Rentals, Blondin Professional Real Estate, Bodywise Pilates, Boone Country Connection, Boy Scout Troop 856, Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique, City of New Melle, Contractors Flooring Supply, Inc., Duggan Contracting, Edward Jones – Ben Waggoner, Elite Mechanical, Equity Prime Mortgage, Fitness First – Janet Hespen, Friedens Peace United Church of Christ, Grace Hauling, Griffey Homes, Harvest Bloom Photography – Carrie Harvey, Karrenbrock Construction, Kathy Kilo Peterson – State Farm, New Melle 2021 Festival Queen Candidates and 2020 New Melle Festival Queen Samantha Brague, New Melle Fire & Rescue, Overstock Outlet, Peoples Savings Bank, Red Tree Church, Short Stops, St. John’s UCC-Cappeln, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Straatmann Feed, Stone Summit Steak & Seafood, The Greenwood Group, The Missouri Bank, Workhorse Construction, and Zollmann Farms.

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Hunting eggs - ages 4-6

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Hunting eggs - Ages 0-3

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Hunting eggs - Ages 7-10

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Enjoying the bounce house.

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Brinley W. with the Easter Bunny.

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Maverick and Charley L. visiting the Easter Bunny.

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Cooper F. with the Easter Bunny.

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Tucker F. with the Easter Bunny.

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Decorating Eggs: Scarlet C.

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Decorating Eggs: Maralee L.

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Nina E. getting her face painted.

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Josephine E. getting her face painted.

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Clare G. - Winner of a trike donated
by Catala Facial Retreat and Spa.

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Ivan C. - Winner of a trike donated
by Catala Facial Retreat and Spa.

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Jessie B. - Winner of a bike donated
by Peoples Savings Bank.

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Two little guys enjoying the hunt.

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62 people participated in the Adult Easter Egg Hunt,
raising $620 for Cystic Fibrosis.

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Ryan and Julie Sanford, Equity Prime Mortgage,
co-sponsors of the adult hunt 
along with Overstock Outlet
(not available for photo.)