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After a two-year hiatus, the Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back its Easter egg hunt.

The department has also opened a selfie station at the gazebo at Centennial Park with an Easter theme. On April 7 and 14 there will also be opportunities for photos with the Easter bunny from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

Easter egg hunt

The Easter egg hunt will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. on April 9, said Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Kelly Daughtry.

There will be hunts for three age groups — 0 to 4 at Doyle Field; 5 to 8 at Smith Park; and 9 to noon at Long Park.

In the 0-4 category, all participants will get tickets for a chance to win an Easter basket. Egg hunters in the 5 to 8 and 9 to 12 category will search for a special egg to get a basket.

Following the egg hunts Rock Star Magic will perform a show inside T.J. Davis Recreation Center beginning at 2 p.m.

“None of this could have been done without our sponsors,” Daughtry said.

Those sponsors include Discount Automotive and Tire, Express Signs, Farm Bureau agents Ricky Barnes and Holly Daniel and Southern Bank.

Selfie station

Parks and Recreation Director John Simeon said the Easter-themed selfie station at Centennial Park was born out of the success of the one placed at the gazebo during the Christmas season. “The Christmas event was strongly attended and supported local businesses while offering a great family event.”

Simeon said, “Due to the overwhelming response from the community we’ve been able to continue offering family activities and photo opportunities throughout the year.”

Plans are now to have seasonal backdrops at the gazebo with one for an Independence Day theme following Easter and then to be followed by one celebrating fall and then Christmas.