The Life Church hosted their 16th Annual Easter Fest Saturday at Texas Bank Sports Complex, at 1615 Rio Concho Drive.
According to Lane Landers, Youth Pastor at TLC, Easter Fest first started as an outreach program for a small community and neighborhood in San Angelo and grew into an event with over 15,000 people attending and 150,000 Easter eggs- on top of the candy they drop from a helicopter.
“It’s an amazing event for the entire community” Landers said. “And for this to be completely free as well, with free food such as hot dogs and kettle corn, drinks, games and prizes, it is just fantastic. We couldn’t have done all of this without all our volunteers and sponsors.”
After the annual Easter egg hunt, where eggs are spread across the fields and a helicopter drops candy from the sky, the families get to hang out and eat, while children can among other things climb a rock wall, bounce on the Bounce-abouts, ride a train and get their face painted.
The Easter Fest also had a stage presentation with games and prizes, gospel show and a second presentation for the kids.
“Generally we expect over 15,000 people to attend this event and people are coming in from other areas such as Anberlin and Austin every year now” Landers said.
For Patricia Hollis and her children this is their first time at the Easter Fest. Her children were very excited for the egg hunt to start, where thousands of eggs were laying on the ground waiting to get picked up. After the Easter Fest they are planning on camping out at the river in Red Rock and enjoy the beautiful Easter weather.
It was also Sylvia Becerra and her children’s first time at the event. “We came here last year, but we were a little bit too late, so we just turned around. But this year, some friends of ours drove all the way from Austin and brought their twin boys with them because they had heard how amazing this event was, so this year we finally went with them. We are definitely going next year too. This is so much fun for the whole family.” Becerra said. Her and her children’s plans for the rest of the weekend is to hang out with family and friends and just have a good time.
For Marsha Massengil, her two children, nieces and nephews, this event has become a yearly family tradition. This is her second year with her children, but her nieces eight and tenth year. They have been coming here since they were little.
“We go here every year. Most of it is the same every year, with free food and fun games, but this year they also have competitions where you can win prizes on the stage” her niece Dora said. For Massengil and her family the rest of the weekend will mostly consist of coloring eggs, eating candy and enjoying the time together as a family.
For Angelo Molena and her two children Giovani and Emily this was their fourth year at the Easter Fest. “We had a lot of fun!” Giovani and Emily said. Their favorite part of the Easter Fest is the Easter Egg hunt, and they cannot wait to go home and open their candy. Their plans for the rest of the weekend is to head to the lake after the event and spend time with family Sunday.
For more information about TLC and the Easter Fest, call 325-224-2900.