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March 19, 2012

Jaycees to host Easter egg hunt in Tilton

Event designed for children up to fourth grade

TILTON — Thousands of eggs will await young gatherers at Saturday’s Easter egg hunt put on by the Danville Jaycees.

The Danville Jaycees — along with their sponsors, 980 WITY and the Village of Tilton — are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt.

The event will start at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at the Carl Gruber Sports Complex in Tilton.

Visitors can reach the complex by taking 14th Street west from Gilbert Street, then turn left at the stop sign, go over the new bridge, turn right at the traffic light, then take the first left and it will wind drivers under Interstate 74 and into the sports complex.

According to Luke C. Ballengee, Danville Jaycees 2012 chapter president, “at our Spring Fling, I think we easily have 1,000 to 2,000 individuals attend the Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt between the parents and their children.”

The event is especially designed for children up to the fourth grade.

The event will last until 1 p.m. with the Easter egg hunt, face painting, bounce houses and 10 bike giveaways.

Families who fill out a community survey will have the opportunity to win a bicycle at the conclusion of the event.

There also will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and Georgetown Fair Queen Alexandria Hannan.

Ballengee said the Spring Fling has been heavily supported in the Tilton community with the Village of Tilton and 980 WITY picking up the sponsorships for the event as well as the individuals who travel to Jaycees’ events.

Last year the Jaycees had the chairman of the board for the Illinois Jaycees, Kathy Crick; Illinois Jaycees Camp New Hope state chair, Sue Warmuskerken; and the executive director of Camp New Hope to accept a $1,000 donation for Camp New Hope to support two campers to attend.

The Spring Fling and Easter egg hunt was started by Susan Ballengee, Luke’s wife and Jaycees president at the inaugural event.

Susan Ballengee wanted to start an event that would help create an impact on children within the community and provide them a safe and fun atmosphere.

Luke Ballengee said the event got bigger last year with the addition of the bounce house, face painting and bike giveaway.

“This year we are continuing the trend we started last year,” he said.

The Danville Jaycees is a non-profit, community service organization focused on leadership development. It has more than 40 members.

For information contact the Danville Jaycees at or (765) 326-5201.

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