On Saturday, March 27, the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission, in cooperation with the Blair County Community Action Agency, will be hosting the second annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Veterans Field, Maple Avenue and 24th Street.
This event will provide the youth in our community an opportunity to collect as many eggs as they can before they all disappear.
Last year was the first year for this joint effort, and the participation was overwhelming.
With a little help from our favorite furry friend and our community sponsors, we plan to more than double the egg count from last year with more than 16,000 - all stuffed with candy, gum and certificates, as well as some extra special prizes.
The event will also provide the kids an opportunity to interact with some of community's most beloved mascots and a real live petting zoo.
This Easter egg hunt is just one of the many ways the commission is trying to give back to the community. The free event will provide many the opportunities to enjoy the benefits of community recreation and the progressive mission of the current staff at the recreation commis-sion.
The dedication to our youth in Blair County should be a universal goal of all our service agencies and its volunteers.
I have been given the opportunity to make a difference through parks and recreation, and providing events like this one is at the top of my priority list.
The partnership with Allan Robison and the Blair County Community Action Agency allows us to provide this event on a much larger scale.
I would like to invite any other organization or citizen who would like to get involved with this event to please step forward and help make this one of the largest community Easter egg hunts in the state of Pennsylvania.
Parents, remember to bring your own basket or bag for the kids to collect their eggs. Children ages 6 and under will begin at 10 a.m., with children ages 7 to 12 set to kickoff at 11 a.m.
Hope to see you there.
Mike Hofer is the director of the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission. Send questions to mirrormoms@altoona mirror.com. Put "Winning Isn't Every-thing" in the subject line.