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Easter egg hunting season opens during state park’s open house

032714-EGGS-&-LILIES-01The season has opened and the hunt is on, the hunt for Easter eggs, that is. And along with Pomona State Park’s open house this Saturday will be what has quickly become a tradition for the park – the annual Easter egg hunt. The Easter egg hunt begins at 1 p.m., but a day of activities is planned for open house, and everyone is invited to come early and enjoy the park.

At all state parks across Kansas March 29 is set as a free entrance day with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism inviting outdoor enthusiasts to “Spring Into Summer”.

At Pomona Lake, the state park’s open house also opens a series of events planned in celebration of the lake’s 50th anniversary. The open house begins at 9 a.m. with tours of cabins and shelters. Boating and safety demonstrations, including a personal watercraft simulator, will be presented by the park. Lighthouse Bay Marina will be open, and all are invited to stop in and visit. In addition to the egg hunt, a scavenger hunt will also be held. Food vendors will be available for lunch; other local vendors will be at Southwind Shelter House.

Kids of all ages are invited to the egg hunt; bring your own baskets.

Pomona State Park will be holding a drawing for door prizes, including a free night at one of the park’s cabins. Also, state park visitors can enter a statewide drawing to win a free one-night stay at a state park cabin of their choice. The statewide drawing will be held April 10, 2014. Visitors do not need to be present to win in the state park drawings.

Eisenhower State Park at Melvern Lake is also hosting an open house. Planned events include a tour of a cabin, hot dogs and refreshments, and games, along with drawings for prizes. Osage City Warmth Fund is also hosting a 5K run and walk.

KDWPT is also reminding visitors they can spring into summer by taking advantage of low off-season camping permit prices. March 31 is the last day annual camping permits are priced at off-season discounts. On April 1, the prices increase to their regular prime-season prices.

For more information about Saturday’s open houses, contact Eisenhower State Park at 785-528-4102, and Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933.

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