Children Festival promises fun-filled day for Fort Rucker children
Children race to gather Easter eggs at last year's Children's Festival at Fort Rucker. Over 14,000 eggs will be prepared and ready for hunting April 16 at the seventh annual Children's Festival.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Several hundred military children and their Families will flood Fort Rucker's festival field April 16 with baskets in hand to eagerly search for more than 14,000 Easter eggs.

Army Families are invited to attend the seventh annual Children's Festival and Easter Egg Hunt from 1-4 p.m.

"There is nothing better than seeing 500 children running-out into a field of Easter eggs. It's incredible," said Kimberly Abelin, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation annual events coordinator. "It's a fun event, everyone has a blast and it's one of my personal favorites."

The day is filled with activities, including a magic show at 3 p.m., petting zoo, diaper derby, inflatables, the Warrant Officer Career College confidence course and the Easter egg hunt.

The hunt begins at 1:30 p.m. for age three and under, at 1:50 p.m. for children ages 4-6 and 2:10 p.m. for ages 7-9 and 10-12. Children hunt for the eggs filled with either candy or a prize ticket. Only eight eggs contain prize tickets for a new bicycle.

Dora the Explorer and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet children. Other activities include painting birdhouses, painting a car, woodworking activities, large board games including tic-tac-toe and Connect Four, a fire safety house and a booth to create identification kits.

"The theme for this year's festival is 'Down on the Farm' and everyone is encouraged to dress the part," said Leighann Dukes, DFMWR sponsorship and advertising sales manager. "It puts you on the same wave length as the kids, which makes for a lot more fun."

"April is a beautiful month. This event gets the children out of the house and de-stresses the parent. The children will have great memories from this experience," added Abelin. "The festival is in celebration of Month of the Military Child. Being a military child is hard, but this is one of the ways they can get out and have fun with their peers."

More than 35,000 participants are expected at the festival this year, said Abelin. Entrance to the festival and all DFMWR events is free of charge. Food and beverages will be available for a cost.

For more information, call 255-1749 or visit

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