Sevier cities ready Easter activities

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

With Easter coming soon, the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are beginning to host egg hunts and other Easter-themed events.

On Saturday, Sevierville, in conjunction with the Sevierville Commons Association, is hosting an egg hunt at the downtown gazebo on Bruce Street from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children ages 1-6 will be able to participate.

"We're trying to do something at the gazebo quarterly," Beth Penland of Sevierville Parks and Recreation said. "We'll try to see how the egg hunt goes for the younger children, and our hope is that it can become an annual thing."

In addition to the egg hunt, children can have a picture taken with the Easter Bunny. The King Family Library will have activities including story time and an arts and crafts booth.

Pigeon Forge will host an egg hunt at Patriot Park on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m., with other activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. The egg hunt will be split into four different age groups.

"It's split so that we don't have all the kids of different ages together competing for eggs," Tiffany Romines of the Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation Department said.

The Easter Bunny will also be on hand for pictures with children at this event. Preparations have already started, Romines said.

"We'll really starting setting everything up on Friday," Romines said. "We already have about 10,000 or more eggs here at the community center."

An event called Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch With the Easter Bunny will be held at the Island in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. (brunch) and noon (egg hunt).

Other local Easter events include:

  • From April 15 to 19, the Gatlinburg Convention Center will host the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Show, an annual Easter show which features unique handcrafted gifts and products produced by members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.
  • The Gatlinburg Police Department holds an annual Easter Egg Hunt for children between the ages of 1 and 12. It will take place April 19 at noon in Mynatt Park. About 5,000 eggs have been prepared, and the department will serve hot dogs and refreshments at the event. Lunch will be served at noon, and the egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. There will be prizes for children and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
  • On Easter Sunday, April 20, Gatlinburg's annual sunrise service will take place at Ober Gatlinburg. The staff of Ober Gatlinburg will provide worshipers with free tram rides to the mountaintop beginning at 5:45 a.m. and continuing in 15 minute intervals until the service begins at 6:30 a.m. Free parking at the resort will be available for those who prefer to drive up the mountain. A breakfast buffet will be offered at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant from 7:15 until 10:30 a.m. This is the 17th year for the mountaintop services at the resort. They will be led by local pastors of the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association.

jold@themountainpress.com

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the correct date of the Easter events at the Island at Pigeon Forge.