Despite the threat of inclement weather, the Easter Bunny made sure that there would be no raining on his (or is it her?) “parade.” The inaugural Maricopa Spring Festival’s move indoors to the Santa Rosa Elementary School to safeguard against rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the all those in attendance at yesterday’s event.

 hspace=Hundreds of children and adults alike experienced the family event featuring an Easter egg hunt, carnival-style games, face-painting, yo-yo exhibition, several raffles and exhibit booths from more than 40 local vendors. The event was staged by community volunteers Sarah Attridge, Dawn Madden and Tisha Siegfried and raised in excess of $3,000 for Santa Rosa Elementary School.

“The three to four months of really hard work paid off,” commented a satisfied Dawn Madden, co-chair of the event. “We achieved our fundraising goal and, thanks to the efforts Mary Ann Hunter and many other volunteers, hundreds of kids had a great time!” Ms. Hunter, Santa Rosa Elementary School’s principal, was in charge of the games and was instrumental in the seamless transition from an outdoor event at the park to an indoor activity at the school.

“The turnout was great and the additional funding will be a huge help,” exclaimed Principal Hunter. “All the proceeds will go directly back into the classrooms to buy supplies, books, field trips and other important needs our teachers and students have.”

Among the event’s donors were:

All Yo-Yo
Caricatures by Ken
casady’s Burger Barn
Costco
Dairy Queen
Great American Realty
Hard Core Curbing
JR’s Incredible Bounce
The Pampered Chef
Qwest
Rainbow Valley Nursery
Re/Max (April & Jon Nolds)
Rosario Alvadaro’s Housekeeping
Sarah’s Greatest Vitamins
Sunrise Preschools
Texaco

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Above: Cupcake decoration – and consumption – was a kid favorite.

Below: Easter Egg Hunt or Easter Egg Race… you be the judge:

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Below: The vendors included (top to bottom) Stage Stop (Will Dunn), Maricopa Chamber of Commerce (Josh Jackson, Dan Peters and Kendra Crabtree) and Coldwell Banker (Bill Smale and Lori Mulholland).

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Below: What’s a party without DJ Eddie!

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