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Multiple Easter egg hunts planned

Annual South Belt cookoff reaches capacity

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Multiple Easter egg hunts planned

Easter will occur this year on Sunday, April 5, and there are multiple egg hunts in the South Belt community for area children to participate in.

El Franco Lee Park.
Harris County officials will hold their 25th annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 28, at El Franco Lee Park, 9400 Hall Road, at 2 p.m.

The family event will be hosted by County Commissioner El Franco Lee, Justice of the Peace Jo Ann Delgado and Precinct 2 Constable Chris Diaz.

Children from ages 2 to 10 are eligible to participate. Children who find metallic eggs will be awarded a custom Easter basket.

Free hot dogs, snow cones and drinks will be available while supplies last from 1 to 3 p.m.

American Legion
American Legion Post 490, 11702 Old Galveston Road (across from Ellington Field), will hold an Easter egg hunt Sunday, March 29, beginning at 1 p.m.

Hunts will be divided in the following age groups: 1 to 2 years, 3 to 4 years, 5 to 6 years, and 7 to 10 years.

A golden egg will be hidden for each age group, and Easter baskets will be given to the child with the most eggs in each division. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available while supplies last.

For more information, call 713-614-7102 or 281-481-5686.

Kirkwood South Christian Church
Kirkwood South Christian Church, 10811 Kirkfair, will host its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. until noon.

The event is for children ages infant to 10 years old. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be crafts and refreshments.

The public is invited to attend.

For additional information, call 281-481-0004.

Annual South Belt cookoff reaches capacity

The annual South Belt Spectacular Cookoff, set to take place April 30 through May 2 at El Franco Lee Park, is now at full capacity.

With 146 spots (77 total teams) already accounted for, this year’s cookoff will be the largest in the event’s 19 year history. By comparison, there were only 13 cooking teams at the inaugural cookoff in 1996.

Organized and operated by the Southeast Volunteer Fire Department, the event is the sole fund-raiser for the annual South Belt Fourth of July fireworks display, also held at the area park.

While evenings at the function are geared more for adults, Saturday afternoon is intended for families, with kids 12 and under being admitted for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Free children’s activities include moonwalks, rock climbing, pony rides, Gabby the Clown, a petting zoo, a train, face painting, hair braiding and extensions, a police cruiser and ambulance display and photos with a live watusi bull named Oliver. At press time, organizers were also trying to arrange for a display of military machinery.

As the event grows in size, so does the elaborateness of some of the cooking spots, with one team reportedly spending $18,000 on an as yet unidentified band to perform.

While no outside alcohol will be allowed to be brought in by patrons, beer will be for sale on the cookoff grounds, along with barbecue sandwiches and other food items.

Admission Friday will be $10. Admission Saturday will be $5 before 4 p.m. and $10 after. Thursday will be for cookers only.

Organizers are currently seeking volunteers to work four to six hour shifts.
To volunteer, email

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