Submitted by: Judy Thompson
The Easter Bunny visited downtown Mena on Saturday to the delight of the numerous boys and girls who visited him at Suzie Q’s. Parents had a good time with this impromptu photo opp. Goodies were given to children and a bunny rabbit stuffed toy with basket was given away. This was part of the Easter Eggstravaganza sponsored by Mena Downtown Partners.
Adults also hunted eggs in participating stores and received everything from discounts to free cookies! Assorted children’s activities and freebies were also available.
A big part of the event was the opportunity to stroll the downtown sidewalks and view the colored/decorated Easter Egg sheets on display in various store windows. This was a joint project of Downtown Partners and the elementary school art classes with the assistance of arts instructor Pat Self. Over 900 sheets were distributed to the schools. Semi-finalists and winners are on display downtown until April 9. At that time, sheets will be taken to Wild Hare Art Glass where they may be picked up.
Winners of the Elementary Art Students Egg Coloring/Decorating Sheets are:
Most Colorful: Brentley Singleton Most Original: Jude Williams Best Overall: Ava Vaughn
Most Colorful: Raeley Evans
Most Original: Cruxion Waid Best Overall: Niome LaSalle
Most Colorful: Trinity Curtis
Most Original: Kaylee Hankins Best Overall: Ashton Tidwell
Most Colorful: Williams Gillespie
Most Original: Cooper Hadley
Best Overall: Ivy Rainmyers
Most Colorful: Zoe Byrd
Most Original: Brandi Miller
Best Overall: Kinley Wren Cox
Most Colorful: Kiera Killian
Most Original: Hailee Pullen
Best Overall: Alayna Shipp
Best Unique Color: Morgan Knittig (Second Grade)
Best of Show: Niome LaSalle (First Grade)
Linda Ostman, president of Mena Downtown Partners, and Judy Thompson, events committee chairman, extend congratulations to all the winners for their outstanding artwork. Ostman reminds everyone to watch for more activities—big and small– during the coming months in downtown. She smilingly advises everyone to brush up on their hula hoop skills and to get their pets looking perky!