Winds ground plane, but Easter Egg hunt still successful

April 18, 2019

By Steve Landon

For several years the good old Easter Bunny has braved all kinds of weather just to fly into the Clare Municipal Airport for the annual Clare Eggstravaganza and Easter egg drop. Through rain, snow and cold damp dreary days the Bunny has made it to town and the plane carrying the precious cargo of eggs has made the drops right on schedule. This year was the rare exception when the aerial drop would have to be canceled.

A bunch of kids  launch off the starting line headed for the field of brightly colored eggs.

Talk of a big snowstorm coming to the area late in the week had officials keeping their fingers crossed as Saturday’s big day approached. Was this year going to be another cold dark snowy day as seen in the past or would the sun come out and keep old man winter at bay for another day. No one dreamed a big wind from the south would come into play, but it did.

Future Pilot?  This young lady looked right at home in the cockpit of this single engine plane on display.  

Beautiful clear sunny skies and a steady wind greeted visitors as they began arriving at the airport around 9:30 a.m. to register, play some games and check out some interesting exhibits. The Easter Bunny made it in as did Smokey the Bear who came by to greet kids and parents, now all they need was the wind to calm down enough to get the drop plane airborne. Sadly the wind only got stronger so the drop was left to a couple of guys in a pickup truck to spread the eggs over the area the plane would have dropped them.

The popular games were a bit of a challenge for both kids and volunteers who had all they could do to keep them from blowing away. Back in a hanger out of the wind hot dogs were served while youngsters checked out the cockpit of a plane on display.

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