UPDATE: Easter celebrations depend on weather, officials say
Easter celebrations planned Saturday for two local communities were "iffy" at press time, but officials for neither Benton nor Bauxite had canceled the festivities.
Lisa Baldwin, coordinator of the Downtown Benton celebration, said volunteers are "watching the weather and it seems that the event on Saturday is between two fronts. That seems to be the best time to have the hunt on Saturday. So, we will continue as planned.
"We can work around a light rain, although it may hamper some of our activities on Sevier Street that are being hosted by 13 different churches and organizations," Baldwin said. "However, if there is a heavy rain or threat of a thunderstorm by 10 a.m., we will cancel the event.
"If we do cancel, we will distribute 12,000 eggs throughout businesses in Downtown Benton. Children can pick up eggs when stores are open, starting on Tuesday of next week during regular business hours. Participating businesses will have a sign on their doors.
"All eggs are filled with a surprise and some are extra special," Baldwin said.
"We will also continue collecting cereal for the Boys & Girls Club, even if we have to cancel the activities around the courthouse."
She said a cereal drive to assist needy schoolchildren during the summer months will continue. "Families can drop off cereal at Paradise Pets, while they are picking up eggs with their children."
All of the Benton activities are planned for areas on and around the Saline County Courthouse square except for an egg hunt for young children scheduled across the street at Benton's First United Church.
Additional information is available by calling Downtown Benton at 551-1100 for more information.
Johnny McMahan, mayor of Bauxite, said the 2 p.m. celebration planned in that community will take place if it's not raining.
However, the event will be postponed until the following Saturday, March 30, in case of rain.
The Bauxite celebration is set for Audubon Park on Border Street in that city.